The Embryology of the Human Locomotor System

  • Hans K. Uhthoff

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Hans K. Uhthoff
    Pages 1-6
  3. H. K. Uhthoff
    Pages 7-14
  4. H. K. Uhthoff, J. J. Robichon
    Pages 15-24
  5. H. K. Uhthoff
    Pages 25-31
  6. H. K. Uhthoff
    Pages 33-41
  7. R. C. Hamdy, H. K. Uhthoff
    Pages 43-50
  8. H. K. Uhthoff
    Pages 51-60
  9. H. K. Uhthoff, H. H. El-Kommos
    Pages 61-71
  10. H. K. Uhthoff
    Pages 73-81
  11. J. F. Loehr, H. K. Uhthoff
    Pages 83-93
  12. K. A. Caughell, A. H. Martin, H. K. Uhthoff
    Pages 95-106
  13. J. P. McAuley, H. K. Uhthoff
    Pages 107-116
  14. H. K. Uhthoff, T. Carey
    Pages 117-127
  15. M. A. Finnegan, H. K. Uhthoff
    Pages 129-140
  16. T. Kawashima, H. K. Uhthoff
    Pages 141-153
  17. H. K. Uhthoff
    Pages 155-164
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 165-166

About this book


In this Atlas I want to share with my fellow clinicians the fascina­ tion I experienced while discovering the marvels of embryonic development. Why haven't these marvels excited me before? I believe that the use of schemata and drawings or photographs of animal embryos, commonly used in textbooks of embryology, simply did not appeal to me as a clinician. Only actual photo­ graphs of human embryos can establish the bond necessary for interaction. Just imagine the excitement when you find out how many struc­ tures you can recognize in a 5-week-old embryo, barely measuring 1 cm in length. But our fascination does not stop here. The pro­ gression of changes taking place during the next 3 weeks is so rapid that at the time when the embryo measures 3 cm, all structures familiar to us are not only easily recognizable, but also already in their anatomical position. How can we hide our amazement when we realize that such a state of perfection is present in an embryo a bit longer than the distal phalanx of our little finger? At 8 weeks the embryonic period ends and the fetal one starts. Although the shape and the relative size of bones, joints, muscles, nerves, and vessels will undergo changes, the basic elements are all in place. This implies that major malformations must develop during the embryonic period.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Hans K. Uhthoff
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Orthopaedic SurgeryOttawa General HospitalOttawaCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-75312-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-75310-7
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