Table of Contents

PART I: Materials Science & Engineering: Properties of Materials.
Classes of Materials Used in Medicine.
PART II: Biology, Biochemistry and Medicine: Some Background Concepts.
Host Reactions to Biomaterials and Their Evaluation.
Biological Testing of Biomaterials.
Degradation of Materials in the Biological Environment.
Applications of Materials in Medicine, Biology and Artificial Organs.
Tissue Engineering.
PART III: Practical Aspects of Biomaterials: Implants, Devices, and Biomaterials: Issues Unique to this Field.
New Products and Standards.
Perspectives and Possibilities in Biomaterials Science. "... 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.".
Publisher's description.