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Biomaterials Science: An Introduction to Materials in Medicine

Biomaterials Science: An Introduction to Materials in Medicine [Kindle Edition]

Buddy D. Ratner , Allan S. Hoffman , Frederick J. Schoen , Jack E. Lemons

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"The new, expanded edition of Biomaterials Science provides a comprehensive coverage of this growing, multidisciplinary field for students of all backgrounds...The challenge to editors of a textbook of this nature is to encompass the traditional components alongside the new concepts and, indeed, to ensure that these different parts merge into one coherent story. In general, this has been done extremely well...if it has been the editors' objective to provide such a breadth of opinion, they have to be congratulated most sincerely, for the structure and composition of the text, which has 78 individual contributions, several appendices, and over 800 pages, is excellent and comprehensive...This book will undoubtedly fill a huge gap in the provision of authoritative texts in medical engineering. It is commended to all teachers of biomaterials science in whatever branch and clinical application they are engaged in. Indeed, it is the only such text that currently covers this area comprehensively. - Materials Today, Feb. 2005, David F. Williams, head of Department of Clinical Engineering at the University of Liverpool, UK Praise from the previous edition: "...this outstanding text deserves nothing but praise...The editors have brought together 57 authors, all of whom are at the very least extremely knowledgeable in their field, and, at best, are the unquestioned leaders... There is no topic related to biomaterials that is not covered somewhere in this book... The quality of the writing, the arrangement of information and the figures are all outstanding." --POLYMER NEWS "The most thorough textbook available, covering most aspects of biomaterials science . provides the most up-to-date and in-depth information on biomaterial developments." --MRS Bulletin, January 2006

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The second edition of this bestselling title provides the most up-to-date comprehensive review of all aspects of biomaterials science by providing a balanced, insightful approach to learning biomaterials. This reference integrates a historical perspective of materials engineering principles with biological interactions of biomaterials. Also provided within are regulatory and ethical issues in addition to future directions of the field, and a state-of-the-art update of medical and biotechnological applications.

All aspects of biomaterials science are thoroughly addressed, from tissue engineering to cochlear prostheses and drug delivery systems. Over 80 contributors from academia, government and industry detail the principles of cell biology, immunology, and pathology. Focus within pertains to the clinical uses of biomaterials as components in implants, devices, and artificial organs. This reference also touches upon their uses in biotechnology as well as the characterization of the physical, chemical, biochemical and surface properties of these materials.

* Provides comprehensive coverage of principles and applications of all classes of biomaterials

* Integrates concepts of biomaterials science and biological interactions with clinical science and societal issues including law, regulation, and ethics

* Discusses successes and failures of biomaterials applications in clinical medicine and the future directions of the field

* Cover the broad spectrum of biomaterial compositions including polymers, metals, ceramics, glasses, carbons, natural materials, and composites

* Endorsed by the Society for Biomaterials

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 21109 KB
  • Print Length: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (18 Aug. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MUSFU2
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to read but book compiled with great care and detail 16 Jun. 2005
By Anusha Gururajan - Published on
I must agree, it is probabily not the easiest book, you can pick up and read. It is voluminous, information is very dry, might be difficult to 'make notes' from this book. It may not be structured the way, you might normally find in most of the textbook. But having said that the information is compiled with great care and extraordinary detail. It contains the cutting edge information you can find out about biomaterials. For example, each section made up of 10-15 pages is purely written straight out of the latest journal articles.

It is definetely the best reference you can find for biomaterials, but if this is your main textbook, it might be a little hard for beginners with no background in material science to understand the concept right away. I was personally surprised to see that biomaterials is such an extensively branch in biomedical engineering and there is lot of scope. I think this book will help you realize that!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up-to-date reference book by well-regarded experts in the field, but not a textbook 24 July 2008
By Shann Yu - Published on
This book is widely used for grad-level biomaterials courses and for a good reason: it is a compilation of the forefronts of biomaterials research, including chapters written by well-regarded experts in the field. Any biomaterials researcher can look through the list of contributors and tell you that almost every single one listed is a big name when it comes to biomaterials conferences. As such, the material is presented in a way that will benefit someone who's reading it for background or reference to projects in academic research/industrial R&D.

This is a very heavy book materials-wise, and is NOT for anyone who is looking to have an easy, leisurely nighttime read. The topics may seem disconnected for the unprepared. For example, out of the entire "Types of Biomaterials" unit, there are individual chapters on hydrogels, metallic biomaterials, inorganic biomaterials, etc that took up maybe a good 200 pages, and it's almost difficult to go from one chapter to the next in one sitting and take it on like you would a textbook. For more of a structured textbook, you may want to refer to a book by Temenoff and Mikos published recently.

Instead, this book is more of a fixture in the reference shelf of any biomaterials researcher. It is one that you pick up and read a few chapters out of depending on what you're planning on running experiments and furthering the field of. If you treat this book more as a reference book than a textbook, then you will find the reasons why it deserves 5 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big book 12 Dec. 2006
By J. Lepe - Published on
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It's hard to cover EVERYTHING related to biomaterials in one book, but the topics that are covered in this book are done so in detail. I don't really like how the book is pretty much a collection of works, but I understand how this allows each topic to be covered by an expert in that field. Overall, I find this book to be very useful in all of my classes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An applied use 8 Feb. 2008
By Brian - Published on
Not a product for the new biomaterialist. Recommended for persons in the field or planning to enter the field. Chapters are complete, concise and detailed allowing for quick analysis. The book is organized very cleanly and permits one to use either as a reference or as an in depth reference on the subject. Solid for use in lab.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Text 9 Feb. 2007
By Justin J. Baker - Published on
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This is a great text that sums up the body's response to biomaterials. It has good introductory sections to materials science issues, tissue engineering, and immunology.
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