The Pelvis

Structure, Gender and Society

  • Enrico Marani
  • Wijnand F.R.M. Koch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Enrico Marani, Wijnand F.R.M. Koch
    Pages 1-16
  3. Enrico Marani, Wijnand F.R.M. Koch
    Pages 17-28
  4. Enrico Marani, Wijnand F.R.M. Koch
    Pages 29-46
  5. Enrico Marani, Wijnand F.R.M. Koch
    Pages 47-110
  6. Enrico Marani, Wijnand F.R.M. Koch
    Pages 111-141
  7. Enrico Marani, Wijnand F.R.M. Koch
    Pages 143-175
  8. Enrico Marani, Wijnand F.R.M. Koch
    Pages 177-199
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    Pages 201-228
  10. Enrico Marani, Wijnand F.R.M. Koch
    Pages 229-244
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    Pages 245-282
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    Pages 283-304
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    Pages 305-311
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    Pages 313-336
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    Pages 337-359
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    Pages 361-376
  17. Enrico Marani, Wijnand F.R.M. Koch
    Pages 377-405
  18. Enrico Marani, Wijnand F.R.M. Koch
    Pages 407-422
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    Pages 423-448
  20. Enrico Marani, Wijnand F.R.M. Koch
    Pages 449-465

About this book

Introduction

This book offers a critical review of the pelvic sciences—past, present and future—from

an anatomical and physiological perspective and is intended for researchers, medical practitioners and paramedical therapists in the fields of urology, gynecology and obstetrics, proctology, physiotherapy, as well as for patients.

 

The book starts with a “construction plan” of the pelvis and shows its structural

consequences. The historical background of pelvic studies proceeds from medieval and early Italian models to the definitive understanding of the pelvic anatomy in the Seventeenth century. During these eras of pelvic research, concepts and approaches developed that are illustrated with examples from comparative anatomy and from mutations, also with regard to the biomechanics of pelvic structures. Perceptions of the pelvis as an important element in sexual arousal and mating conduct are discussed, as well as attitudes to circumcision, castration and other mutilations, in its anthropological, social context.

 

The anatomy and physiology of the pelvic wall and its organs as well as the development of these pelvic organs are covered as a prerequisite to understanding, for example, the spread of pelvic carcinoma and male and female bladder muscle function. Connective pelvic tissue is examined in its reinforcing capacity for pelvic structures, but also as a “hiding place” for infections. Innervations and reflexes relayed through the pelvic nerves are discussed in order to explain incontinence, sphincter function and the control of smooth and striated muscles in the pelvis.

 

Catheters and drugs acting on pelvic function are described, and a critical review of alternative clinical methods for treating pelvic dysfunctions is provided.

Keywords

Anatomy of the pelvis History of pelvic research Pelvic Physiology Pelvic dysfunctions

Authors and affiliations

  • Enrico Marani
    • 1
  • Wijnand F.R.M. Koch
    • 2
  1. 1.Building ZuidhorstEWI, MIRA, University Twente Dept Biomedical Signals and SystemsEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Medisch Centrum Alkmaar Polikliniek UrologieAlkmaarThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-40006-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-40005-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-40006-3
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