Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Environmental Impacts on Reproductive Health and Fertility

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Environmental Impacts on Reproductive Health and Fertility

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Environmental Impacts on Reproductive Health and Fertility. By Tracey J. Woodruff, Sarah J. Janssen, Louis J. Guillette Jr, Linda C. Giudice. Published by Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN: 978- 0-521-51952-6.

This is a well written and well organized monograph. It is a collection of papers written by very fine investigators, providing a solid reference for scientists who seek to understand the most current concepts regarding the impact of environmental toxicants on fertility in both males and females. It also serves as a reference for the general public, from individuals who want to have in-depth information in this field, to people whose life may have been affected by their exposure to toxicants. Each paper is well organized and well written, but perhaps with the goal in mind that this book can reach out to as many readers as possible, it lacks in-depth discussion in some areas. However, this minor deficiency is not obvious since informed readers can obtain additional information in review articles published in specialized scientific journals.

The best part of this monograph is the insightful organization of the chapters, which includes two initial chapters that describe the general biology of the female and the male reproductive tract. Thus, readers can grasp the needed information to understand the chapters that follow without searching for additional information. However, while the chapter on the general biology of the male reproductive biology is very well written, the information on spermatogenesis is lacking. …

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