Life-Enhancing Plastics: Plastics and Other Materials in Medical Applications

Life-Enhancing Plastics: Plastics and Other Materials in Medical Applications

by Anthony Holmes-Walker
     
 

ISBN-10: 1860944620

ISBN-13: 9781860944628

Pub. Date: 08/01/2004

Publisher: Imperial College Press

This book enables readers without specialist knowledge to understand the ways in which materials can be used to enhance people's lives. The range is vast — from simple contact uses, through artificial limbs, to permanently implanted devices.To appreciate the medical applications of materials, it is necessary to understand why they are used. Therefore, a…  See more details below

Overview

This book enables readers without specialist knowledge to understand the ways in which materials can be used to enhance people's lives. The range is vast — from simple contact uses, through artificial limbs, to permanently implanted devices.To appreciate the medical applications of materials, it is necessary to understand why they are used. Therefore, a discussion on the nature and behaviour of materials is preceded by a survey of the evolution of modern surgical techniques. The effect of “foreign” materials on the body's immune system is then considered, followed by a study of specific uses of materials, including extra-corporeal machines and implanted devices.The last chapter deals with new and highly sophisticated techniques — including minimal access surgery, robotics, nanotechnology, natural polymers, and the growth of “artificial” organs — and concludes with a look at the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781860944628
Publisher:
Imperial College Press
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Surgical techniques1
Ch. 2Material properties29
Ch. 3Materials in a hostile environment61
Ch. 4Contact applications71
Ch. 5Short term contact devices85
Ch. 6Medium term implants107
Ch. 7Permanent implants125
Ch. 8Load-bearing implants151
Ch. 9The tools of the surgeon169
Ch. 10Meeting new challenges185

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