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

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" 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. "

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860944628
  • Publisher: Imperial College Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Surgical techniques 1
Ch. 2 Material properties 29
Ch. 3 Materials in a hostile environment 61
Ch. 4 Contact applications 71
Ch. 5 Short term contact devices 85
Ch. 6 Medium term implants 107
Ch. 7 Permanent implants 125
Ch. 8 Load-bearing implants 151
Ch. 9 The tools of the surgeon 169
Ch. 10 Meeting new challenges 185
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