Medicine by Design: The Practice and Promise of Biomedical Engineeringby Fen Montaigne
A heart that once beat erratically has regained its natural rhythm. A woman paralyzed by an automobile accident is now able to resume her favorite hobby. Physicians using a robotic surgeon named da Vinci perform lifesaving operations. These are some of the feats of biomedical engineering, one of the fastest-moving areas in medicine. In this exhilarating book, award
A heart that once beat erratically has regained its natural rhythm. A woman paralyzed by an automobile accident is now able to resume her favorite hobby. Physicians using a robotic surgeon named da Vinci perform lifesaving operations. These are some of the feats of biomedical engineering, one of the fastest-moving areas in medicine. In this exhilarating book, award-winning writer Fen Montaigne journeys through this little-known world, sharing the stories of ordinary people who have been transformed by technology.
From the almost commonplace pacemaker to the latest generation of artificial hearts, Montaigne tells the stories of pioneering patients, engineers, and surgeons. Taking the reader behind the scenes of a dozen of America's leading centers of biomedical engineering, Montaigne recounts the field's history while describing cutting-edge work in medical imaging, orthopedics, cardiovascular care, neurological therapies, and genetics.
Through the stories of patients whose lives have been saved and improved by biomedical devices, Montaigne reveals the marriage of medicine and engineering to be one of society's greatest advances.
Description: This is an overview of the biomedical engineering research programs and initiatives currently underway in U.S. universities and corporations. Coverage includes both hardware, e.g., cardiac pacemakers and pharmacogenetics, e.g., man-made pancreatic replacement tissue for diabetics.
Purpose: "This book is a journey across the fascinating landscape of biomedical engineering." (p.6) A portrayal of the state-of-the-art of biomedical engineering at the beginning of the 21st century is a worthwhile objective. The intersection of the human genome project and the technology of electronics portends major advances in healthcare. The breadth of coverage through onsite interviews with practitioners and patients is significant. Depth is limited to an overview for an interested layperson.
Audience: Individuals seeking to make a decision regarding a health sciences career choice in which bioengineering is an option would find this book helpful. Interviewees indicate why this field is meaningful for them. The author is a freelance writer who has written for National Geographic and whose previous books are on volcanoes, fly fishing in Russia, and espionage.
Features: A wide range of treatments and therapies predicated on bioengineering are presented including cardiac defibrillation, insulin pumps, bone growth through electrical stimulation, robotic surgery, and genetically-based replacement tissue. The writing is this book's strength because it makes technical developments accessible to the nonspecialist. However, the illustrations are eclectic, there is no glossary, and there are neither footnotes nor a bibliography. Acronyms can be identified through the index.
Assessment: This book would fill a niche in a collection supporting a high school career counseling office and perhaps that of a college counselor. A survey text for a practicing bioengineer or for a biomedical engineering 101 course would be Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, 2nd edition, Enderle, Blanchard and Bronzino (Elsevier Academic Press, 2005).
- Johns Hopkins University Press
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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Fen Montaigne is a freelance writer who often contributes to National Geographic. His previous books include Surviving Galeras (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), Reeling in Russia (St. Martin's, 1998), and The First Directorate (St. Martin's, 1994).
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