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Male Reproductive Function gives an up-to-date review on the physiology and disease processes associated with the male reproductive system. The first few chapters describe the regulation of the functions of the testis and the integration of its components: germ cells, Sertoli cells and Leydig cells. This is followed by a description of puberty and aging, and the disorders or dysfunction that may be associated with these physiological processes. Discussions on the current methods for the diagnosis and treatment of male hypogonadism, male infertility and male sexual dysfunction follow, with detailed descriptions of types of androgen replacement and the benefits and risks of such treatment. The book concludes with the development of male contraception and the possible influence of the environment on the male reproductive system. Male Reproductive Function represents a conglomeration of the efforts of experts in andrology from all over the world, both in basic cellular/molecular biology as well as in clinical science and practice. This book is suitable for endocrinologists, urologists, general internists, gynecologists and other students in the field of male reproduction.
List of Contributors. Preface. 1. Endocrine Regulation of Male Reproduction; I. Huhtaniemi. 2. Spermatogenesis and Germ Cell Death; A. Sinha-Hikim, et al. 3. Paracrine Control of Testis Function; B. Jégou, et al. 4. Androgen Metabolism and Action; T. Brown. 5. Male Puberty and its Disorders; F.C.W. Wu. 6. Male Hypogonadism; S.J. Winters. 7. Male Senescence; J.L. Tenover. 8. Androgen Replacement Therapy, Risks and Benefits; C. Wang, R.S. Swerdloff. 9. The Safety of Androgens: Prostate and Cardiovascular Disease; D.J. Handelsman. 10. Androgens and Behavior in Men; G.M. Alexander. 11. Androgen Abuse in Sport: International and National Anti-Androgen Programs; D. Catlin. 12. Male Infertility Causes and Diagnosis; R. Sokol. 13. The Genetics of Male Infertility; S. Bhasin, et al. 14. Modern Management of Male Infertility; G.W.H. Baker. 15. Male Sexual Dysfunction; M. Monga, W.J.G. Hellstrom. 16. Male Contraception in the 21st Century; C. Wang, R.S. Swerdloff. 17. Environment and Male Reproductive Function; N. Jørgensen, et al. Index.