The Oviduct and Its Functions focuses on the role of the oviduct in reproduction. The book emphasizes that this organ combines factors such as environment, hormonal balance, and biochemical constituents to make reproduction possible.
Composed of contributions that are divided into 13 chapters, the book presents the comparative anatomy, histology, and morphology of the mammalian oviduct. The selection particularly notes the structural features of this organ. The text proceeds with the discussions on histochemistry and electron microscopy of the bovine oviduct, and then notes that few studies have been reported on this concern.
The discussions shift with the presentation of the neural control of the oviduct. Concerns include the presence of alpha and beta receptors in the organ; adrenergic and cholinergic innervation; and the influence of drugs on ovum transport. The text further underscores fluid flow and composition of oviducal fluids in animals. The book points out that the oviduct is vital in the capacitation process and fertilization and responsible for the transport of gametes and survival of sperm. The text also notes that the female reproductive tract is responsible in sperm storage. The book ends with discussions on the influence of genetics, ovulation, and pregnancy on the functions of the oviduct.
The compilation is vital for readers interested in studying the functions of the oviduct.