Extensive reviews have been published on the mor- aspects, anatomy, ultrastructure, physiology, bio- phology, anatomy, and physiology of the mam- chemistry, endocrinology, pharmacology, and physiopathology of the mammalian ovary. The malian ovary. However, little attention has been given to the gaps between the physiological, endo- contributors, who prepared their chapters metic- ulously, are recognized experts in their respective crine and histochemical parameters of the ovary as disciplines and their writings reflect extensive per- it relates to clinical aspects. There is a wealth of sonal experience and unpublished data of both publications concerning the biology of the ovary: basic and clinical sciences. Without the assistance of the purpose of this volume is to integrate this information with emphasis on modern concepts in good friends and permission to draw extensively microanatomy, physiology, methodology, clinical from investigations, this volume would not have complications, and therapeutic approaches. An been possible. attempt is made to place fundamental research in Thanks are due to G. F. Franchitto, F. Barberini, clear perspectives. P. Stoops. Lori Rust and J.
Squiers for their editorial It is hoped that this volume will fulfil a long- skills and for checking the references to the original standing need and serve as an important source for sources. Thanks are particularly due to 1. K. Smith investigators and clinicians concerned with the of Martinus Nijhoff Publishers BV for his excellent physiopathology of the ovaries for years to come. It cooperation during the production of the book.
I. Embryology and Comparative Aspects.- 1. Sexual differentiation of the mammalian ovary.- 2. Comparative aspects of the mammalian ovary.- II. Anatomy.- 3. Histochemistry of the ovary.- 4. Histoenzymology of the human ovary: dehydrogenases directly involved in steroidogenesis.- 5. Interstitial cells and related structures.- 6. Blood and lymph supply of the ovary.- 7. Nerve supply of the ovary.- 8. Smooth musculature in the ovary.- III. Ultrastructure.- 9. Ultrastructure of human ovarian follicles.- 10. Structural modifications of the granulosa cell plasma membrane during folliculogenesis.- 11. Fine structure of the primate corpus luteum.- 12. Scanning electron microscopy of the mammalian ovary.- IV. Physiology and Biochemistry.- 13. Cell and molecular biology of meiotic maturation of the mammalian oocyte.- 14. The function and differentiation of ovarian mitochondria.- 15. The role of the lysosomes in ovarian physiology.- 16. Influence of sympathetic nerves, amine receptors and anti-adrenergic drugs on follicular contractility and ovulation.- 17. Human follicular fluid.- V. Endocrinology.- 18. Functional morphology of the hypothalamus and hypophysis in relation to ovarian function.- 19. Ovarian reponsiveness to gonadotropic hormones.- 20. In-vivo and in-vitro steroidogenesis by the human ovary during the menstrual cycle.- 21. Endocrine control of human ovulation: the hypothalamo-hypophyseal pattern.- 22. Ovarian activity during gestation.- VI. Physiopathology.- 23. Physiomorphology of fertile and infertile human ovaries.- 24. The postmenopausal ovary and premature ovarian failure.- 25. Disorders of the human ovary.- 26. Ovarian tumors.