Biomaterials for Clinical Applications
Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 14, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 275 pages
Biomaterials for Clinical Applications is organized according to the World Health Organization’s report of the top 11 causes of death worldwide, and lays out opportunities for both biomaterials scientists and physicians to tackle each of these leading contributors to mortality. The introductory chapter discusses the global burden of disease. Each of the subsequent eleven chapters focuses on a specific disease process, beginning with the leading cause of death worldwide, cardiovascular disease. The chapters start with describing diseases where clinical needs are most pressing, and then envisions how biomaterials can be designed to address these needs, instead of the more technologically centered approached favored by most books in the field. This book, then, should appeal to chemical engineers and bioengineers who are designing new biomaterials for drug delivery and vaccine delivery, as well as tissue engineering.
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Dr. Bhatia uniquely qualified to write this book – she has MD and PhD in Medicine and Bioengineering (her LinkedIn profile lists much more disciplines and degrees). Book is well organized and gives good overview of main polymer materials used in modern medical field. Many of you saw this picture of human body with polymer substitutes, but Dr. Bhatia approach to describe biopolymer applications for most common diseases (coronary artery disease, stroke, pneumonia, etc.) I personally found helpful and interesting. I understand that Dr. Bhatia did lot of work in the field of wound healing and this result in chapter devoted to #1 medical issue (coronary artery disease) is 25 pages, but #10 (Traumatic Injuries) – 36 pages; I hope next edition of this book will address this disproportion. Every chapter has extensive list of references to learn more on specific topic.
2 Coronary Artery Disease
9 Lung Cancer
10 Traumatic Injuries