Historical Background and Essentials for a Program in In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer

  • Don P. Wolf
  • Martin M. Quigley


In the last 18 months, explosive growth has occurred around the world in the establishment of programs offering in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) as a treatment modality for certain types of human infertility. One of the characteristics of a rapid growth phase in the application of a relatively sophisticated new technology is a lack of standardization in approaches as well as a predominence of ancedotal accounts of results. Only now, after several years, are we beginning to see the establishment of a suitable reference base. This includes the excellent general work by R. G. Edwards entitled “Conception in the Human Female” which provides an extensive description of the endocrinology, physiology and morphology of reproductive events in the human (Edwards, 1980). Additionally, several symposia proceedings are now available (Edwards and Purdy, 1982; Beier and Lindner, 1983; Crosgnani and Rubin, 1983) which provide a great deal of useful information relating specifically to aspects of IVF-ET as conducted by individual programs. To date, however, there is not yet available a reference with sufficient detailed information from any one program to be suitable for those groups planning or establishing IVF-ET programs.


Embryo Transfer Oocyte Retrieval Follicular Development Human Oocyte Vitro Fertilization 


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  • Martin M. Quigley

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