The Basics

This richly illustrated eChapter provides an overview of the anatomy, histology and microbiology of the female genital tract. Including sections on embryology, illustrated anatomy, histology, and the non-epithelial cells and hormone receptors of the vulva, the eChapter serves as an excellent primer or reference for both those wishing to refresh their knowledge of the female genital region, and those wishing to explore the other eChapters of the Vulva and Vaginal Manual.

The author begins by reviewing the embryonic development of the gonads, genital tract and the indifferent and definitive female external genitalia. This is followed by a detailed description of the anatomy of the vulva, and, using a clearly marked illustration, the location and appearance of the main anatomical features of the Vulva are described, including the clitoris, labia minora and majora, vestibule, hymen, urethral meatus, fossa navicularis and much, much more. The subsequent section also employs several colour photographs to aid description of the different histological regions of the vulva, including:

  • The hair bearing skin of the outer aspect of the labia majora, mons and perineum
  • The hairless skin of the labia majora, labia minora, prepuce and frenulum of the clitoris and fourchette
  • The vestibule
  • The clitoris
  • Mucous glands

Following this, the author provides an extended review of the non-epithelial cells and hormone receptors of the vulva, which include lymphocytes, Langerhan’s cells, melanocytes, Merkel and Toker cells, and concludes the section with a brief description of vaginal histology. The eChapter concludes with a section on vaginal ecology, listing the resident microscopic flora of the healthy vagina.

This eChapter forms part of the Ausmed publication The Vulva and Vaginal Manual, edited by Graeme Dennerstein, James Scurry, John Brenan, David Allen and Maria-Grazia Marin. A richly illustrated and comprehensive guide to the identification and treatment of over 275 vulvovaginal diseases The Vulva and Vaginal Manual is an invaluable resource especially suitable for:

  • Gynecologists
  • Dermatologists
  • General Practitioners
  • Obstetricians
  • Midwives
  • General nurses
  • Practice nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
There are also 14 additional eChapters from The Vulva and Vaginal Manual available for members to download from the Ausmed website. Subscription also entitles members to access the full range of resources that compliment and build upon the material described within The Vulva and Vaginal Manual, including a richly populated catalogue of Audio Lectures, Fast Facts and Video Learning Activities on the topics of gynecology, obstetrics, oncology, women’s health and a wide range of other healthcare topics. Both members and non-subscribers alike may also purchase a hard copy of this book of from the Ausmed Education Online Bookstore, along with hard copies of the complimentary publication Gynecological Cancer Care: A Guide to Practice.

Contents include

  • Detailed descriptions of the embryonic development of the gonads, genital tracts, urinary tract and external genitalia
  • Illustrated anatomy of the vulva
  • The six histological regions of the vulva
  • Detailed explanation of the hormonal receptors of the vulva
  • Normal commensal flora of the vagina.
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Author / Editor Biographies

John Brenan is a dermatologist practicing in Melbourne. He is a past President of the Australian College of Dermatology, consultant dermatologist to the Mercy Hospital for Women and the original dermatologist for the Dermogynaecology Clinic.
David Allen is a certified gynaecological oncologist practicing at the Mercy Hospital for Women and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, East Melbourne. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne.
James Scurry is one of Australia's leading gynaecological pathologists. He is a pathologist in Newcastle, New South Wales.
Dr Dennerstein is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with medical expertise in the health of the vulva and vagina. He is the former Head of the Dermo-gynaecology Clinic at The Mercy Hospital for Women and co-author of the book entitled: The Vulva and Vagina Manual. He has lectured extensively on this topic, both internationally and nationally. Graeme has extensive experience in family planning and reproductive health. In 1971 he established the Family Planning and Infertility Clinic at the Western General Hospital in Melbourne, serving as its director until 1986. From 1980 to 1989 he was the ...
Grazia Marin is a psychologist in private practice in Melbourne and past committee member and Education Officer of the Victorian Psychosexual Society. She is also a member of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases and is serving on its Patient Education and Sexual Difficulties committees.

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