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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark R Hutchinson, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This volume in a series on bone biology is dedicated to the engineering of functional skeletal tissues, covering issues regarding inducing the body's cells to accomplish repair, the ability of the skeletal structures to resorb temporary fixation devices, and its ability to attract and stimulate bone formation. This is a highly technical volume most appropriate for the PhD scientist in this field.
Purpose: The authors feel that this book will play a role as functional engineering of bone tissue is ready to play a growing role in orthopedic and orthodontic practice. The book brings readers up-to-date on the current state-of-the-art and concepts regarding the engineering of skeletal tissues.
Audience: This book is likely over the head of the average orthopedic resident, medical student, or even average orthopedic surgeon, and is best focused on the orthopedic scientist who currently is involved in orthopedic research on the engineering of functional skeletal tissues. The authors are PhD scientists who are experts in their fields.
Features: Each chapter is dedicated to a different facet of the engineering of skeletal tissues ranging from stem cells and osteogenic growth factors to biodegradable implants and implantable scaffolds. The 160 pages are packed with scientific information and current concepts and ideas regarding engineering and the effect of scaffolds on skeletal tissue regeneration.
Assessment: This is a high quality book that would be of benefit to PhD researchers and students participating or interested in skeletal tissue research.