This book represents the transactions of the first conference on gestation sponsored by the Josiah Macy Jr., Foundation. The members of this conference were anatomists, biochemists, and physiologists, with the exceptions of two obstetricians. The subjects of the conference were the functional role of the placenta, problems of sugar transport in the placenta of the ungulate, and the comparative anatomy and histology of the placental barrier. The book is a superb contribution to basic knowledge on these subjects. The photographs and their reproductions are beautiful. The text is informally edited so that the "give and take" of the discussers is well preserved. This makes for reader interest.
Anyone who has or should have interest in fundamentals having to do with gestation should own a copy of this book.