Biomedical Engineering: Bridging Medicine and Technology

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This is an ideal text for an introduction to biomedical engineering. The book presents the basic science knowledge used by biomedical engineers at a level accessible to all students and illustrates the first steps in applying this knowledge to solve problems in human medicine.

Biomedical engineering now encompasses a range of fields of specialization including bioinstrumentation, bioimaging, biomechanics, biomaterials, and biomolecular engineering. This introduction to bioengineering assembles foundational resources from molecular and cellular biology and physiology and relates them to various subspecialties of biomedical engineering.

The first two parts of the book present basic information in molecular/cellular biology and human physiology; quantitative concepts are stressed in these sections. Comprehension of these basic life science principles provides the context in which biomedical engineers interact. The third part of the book introduces the subspecialties in biomedical engineering and emphasizes - through examples and profiles of people in the field - the types of problems biomedical engineers solve.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book sets a gold standard for textbooks in biomedical engineering. It is beautifully and clearly written, and explains all aspects, old and very new, of biomedical engineering in ways that are both exciting to the reader as well as easy to understand."
Robert Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"This textbook is a wonderful summary of the field of biomedical engineering - a must-have for any faculty member teaching an introductory BME course. As usual, Professor Saltzman has provided rich context and broad examples; he does an excellent job of weaving in valuable scenarios that are realistic, yet interesting - a great tool for engaging students. There are many creative and useful features to the text: the figures and illustrations provide much value to understanding the material, the problem sets offer both conceptual and quantitative review of the material, and the 'Key Concepts and Definitions' and 'Useful Links' sections at the end of each chapter are very practical for a student new to the field of BME. Of particular note, the 'Profiles in BME' vignettes for each chapter add a personal touch and serve to connect students to role models who are real people (with real stories) making an impact on the world."
Christine E. Schmidt, University of Florida

"This is an excellent book that covers the fundamentals of a broad array of specific fields within biomedical engineering. This textbook will certainly be adopted by many introductory biomedical engineering courses due to its meaningful organization, clear writing, illuminative figures, and variety of problems for students to work through. Its breadth and scope will stimulate all readers. Once again, Mark Saltzman has accomplished a major achievement by providing such a comprehensive text for students and educators alike."
Melissa Krebs, Colorado School of Mines

"This is a truly exceptional textbook. It is completely up-to-date and comprehensive, yet it is so readable that you can dip in at any page and find something that grabs you. It is designed for undergraduate students, and is a tremendous resource for course development - but equally, it is one of those essential bookshelf books, the one you will turn to when you need 'to brush up on your biology', or 'get your head straight on the engineering stuff'. A must for anyone interested in the very far-reaching field of biomedical engineering."
Quentin Pankhurst, University College London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521840996
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/29/2009
  • Series: Cambridge Texts in Biomedical Engineering Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 570,883
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Mark Saltzman is the Goizueta Foundation Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Yale University. His research interests include materials for controlled drug delivery, drug delivery to the brain, and tissue engineering. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University and Cornell University and, after joining the Yale faculty in 2002, was named the first Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Professor Saltzman has published more than 150 research papers, 3 authored books, and 2 edited books, and he is an inventor on 10 patents. His many honors and awards include a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award (1990); the Allan C. Davis Medal as Maryland's Outstanding Young Engineer (1995); the Controlled Release Society Young Investigator Award (1996); Fellow of the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineers (1997); the Professional Progress in Engineering Award from Iowa State University (2000); Britton Chance Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering and Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (2000); and Distinguished Lecturer of the Biomedical Engineering Society (2004).
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction;
Part I. Molecular and Cellular Principles:
2. Biomolecular principles;
3. Biomolecular principles: nucleic acids;
4. Biomolecular principles: proteins;
5. Cellular principles;
Part II. Physiological Principles:
6. Communication systems in the body;
7. Engineering balances: respiration and digestion;
8. Circulation;
9. Removal of molecules from the body;
10. Biomechanics;
11. Bioinstrumentation;
12. Bioimaging;
13. Biomolecular engineering and biotechnology;
14. Biomolecular engineering II: engineering of immunity;
15. Biomaterials and artificial organs;
16. Biomedical engineering and cancer.
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