This book provides an unusual compilation of information and data in which the human is examined as an organism undergoing continual evolution, and emphasis is directed at a comprehensive investigation of the developmental stages of human existence and of the aging process.
The book comprises two parts. The first considers in great detail "the numerous physiologic events and changes that occur in body systems and organs in the course of maturation." The second is similarly a detailed consideration of the "continuum of physiologic change" that occurs in the course of aging. The authors are largely a group of physiologists from the University of California at Berkeley, and while the book is physiologically oriented, it also encompasses other basic disciplines such as embryology, genetics, biochemistry, pathology, and anatomy. A glance at the table of contents shows headings such as heredity; hormones of pregnancy: placental, fetal and maternal; fetal circulation and metabolism;