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
This is a basic introductory text for pedagogical use in biomaterials education. It attempts to cover a wide array of concepts and applications related to biomaterials science. "It was intended to provide a basic introduction to biomaterials science, the complexity and basic science principles necessary to understand the interaction of materials with living tissues. A text along these lines has been extremely important for this field for some time. This text falls short in bringing basic science principles to the student, although it does provide some important information. "It was written for use as an introduction to biomaterials primarily for students interested in learning the basic concepts in this field. "The figures and tables are of high quality and appropriate quantity, and the references are thorough and relatively current. The index is extensive and well done. Overall, the appearance of the book is excellent. "This text is a good first effort to bring a usable text for biomaterials science to the community. Although many chapters are excellent and thorough, others are less well done. There are some redundancies in the text and some omissions of important areas. Compared with other texts in the field, it is the best at this point. However, there are definite areas for improvement. In particular, this text does not bring enough basic science or fundamental knowledge to the student. The physics and structure-property relationships for materials and surfaces are lacking, and more emphasis is placed on biology (cell and molecular). Overall, this is the best text in the field, and I would recommend it as such.