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Intended for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in biophysics, physiology, medical physics, cell biology, and biomedical engineering, this wide-ranging text bridges the gap between introductory physics and its application to the life and biomedical sciences. This extensively revised and updated fourth edition reflects new developments at the burgeoning interface between physics and biomedicine. Among the many topics treated are: forces in the skeletal system; fluid flow, with examples from the circulatory system; the logistic equation; scaling; transport of neutral particles by diffusion and by solvent drag; membranes and osmosis; equipartition of energy in statistical mechanics; the chemical potential and free energy; biological magnetic fields; membranes and gated channels in membranes; linear and nonlinear feedback systems; nonlinear phenomena, including biological clocks and chaotic behavior; signal analysis, noise and shastic resonance detection of weak signals; image formation and description; image reconstruction; hearing and medical ultrasound; atoms and light; near infrared scattering; optical coherence tomography; infrared radiation; ultraviolet light; radiometry and photometry; the interaction of photons and charged particles in tissue; radiological physics and the use of x-rays in diagnosis and therapy; nuclear medicine; and magnetic resonance imaging. Discussion of theory is more closely linked to experiment, and shastic processes are presented as an integral part of biological systems. A prior course in physics and in calculus is assumed.

Over 800 problems (a 44% increase from the third edition) are included to test the student's understanding and to provide additional biological examples. A solutions manual is available to instructors. Each chapter has an extensive list of references as well as useful bibliographies for further reading. Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology is also ideal for self study and as a reference for workers in medical and biological research.


Provides an excellent background in physics for physicians, biomedical engineers, and biologists Includes a new chapter on sound and ultrasound and presents shastic processes as an integral part of biological systems Emphasizes applications of physics to biomedicine rather than molecular biophysics Contains numerous problems and exercises for course use and as a reference for self study

Exponential growth & decay, the exterior potential & the electrocardiogram, biomagnetism, atoms & light, etc.

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Aus den Rezensionen zur 4. Auflage:

“Es ist eines dieser amerikanischen Großlehrbücher: üppig dimensioniert, didaktisch stark ... Für all diejenigen, die sich wissenschaftlich im Grenzbereich von Physik und Biologie bewegen, ist der großformatige Band ein wahres Geschenk. Die langjährigen Dozenten haben das didaktische Konzept an Generationen von Studierenden erprobt und den Stoff des Bandes immer wieder aktualisiert.“ (

A text for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in biophysics, biological physics, physiology, medical physics, cell biology, and biomedical engineering who have had prior courses in physics and calculus. Coverage includes impulses in nerve and muscle cells, biomagnetism, atoms and light, X-rays, nuclear medicine, and MRI. Includes chapter exercises, and 17 mathematical appendices. This third edition contains new material on the circulatory system, the logistics question, countercurrent transport, nonlinear systems, sensory transducers, and image formation. Distributed by Springer-Verlag. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387309422
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 3/12/2007
  • Edition description: 4th ed. 2007
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 616
  • Sales rank: 1,406,891
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Preface
Ch. 1 Mechanics 1
Ch. 2 Exponential Growth and Decay 26
Ch. 3 Systems of Many Particles 42
Ch. 4 Transport in an Infinite Medium 78
Ch. 5 Transport Through Neutral Membranes 105
Ch. 6 Impulses in Nerve and Muscle Cells 136
Ch. 7 The Exterior Potential and the Electrocardiogram 181
Ch. 8 Biomagnetism 206
Ch. 9 Electricity and Magnetism at the Cellular Level 228
Ch. 10 Feedback and Control 256
Ch. 11 The Method of Least Squares and Signal Analysis 284
Ch. 12 Images 322
Ch. 13 Atoms and Light 346
Ch. 14 Interaction of Photons and Charged Particles with Matter 382
Ch. 15 Medical Use of X Rays 417
Ch. 16 Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Medicine 458
Ch. 17 Magnetic Resonance Imaging 492
App. A Plane and Solid Angles 518
App. B Vectors; Displacement, Velocity, and Acceleration 520
App. C Properties of Exponents and Logarithms 523
App. D Taylor's Series 524
App. E Some Integrals of Sines and Cosines 527
App. F Linear Differential Equations with Constant Coefficients 528
App. G The Mean and Standard Deviation 532
App. H The Binomial Probability Distribution 534
App. I The Gaussian Probability Distribution 537
App. J The Poisson Distribution 540
App. K Integrals Involving e[actual symbol not reproducible] 543
App. L Spherical and Cylindrical Coordinates 545
App. M Joint Probability Distributions 547
App. N Partial Derivatives 549
App. O Photon and Charged-Particle Tables 551
App. P Some Fundamental Constants 560
App. Q Conversion Factors 561
Index 563
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