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Handbook of Physics in Medicine and Biology

Edited by: Robert Splinter

Print publication date:  April  2010
Online publication date:  April  2010

Print ISBN: 9781420075243
eBook ISBN: 9781420075250
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781420075250
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In considering ways that physics has helped advance biology and medicine, what typically comes to mind are the various tools used by researchers and clinicians. We think of the optics put to work in microscopes, endoscopes, and lasers; the advanced diagnostics permitted through magnetic, x-ray, and ultrasound imaging; and even the nanotools, that allow us to tinker with molecules. We build these instruments in accordance with the closest thing to absolute truths we know, the laws of physics, but seldom do we apply those same constants of physics to the study of our own carbon-based beings, such as fluidics applied to the flow of blood, or the laws of motion and energy applied to working muscle.

Instead of considering one aspect or the other, Handbook of Physics in Medicine and Biology explores the full gamut of physics? relationship to biology and medicine in more than 40 chapters, written by experts from the lab to the clinic.

The book begins with a basic description of specific biological features and delves into the physics of explicit anatomical structures starting with the cell. Later chapters look at the body's senses, organs, and systems, continuing to explain biological functions in the language of physics.

The text then details various analytical modalities such as imaging and diagnostic methods. A final section turns to future perspectives related to tissue engineering, including the biophysics of prostheses and regenerative medicine.

The editor?s approach throughout is to address the major healthcare challenges, including tissue engineering and reproductive medicine, as well as development of artificial organs and prosthetic devices. The contents are organized by organ type and biological function, which is given a clear description in terms of electric, mechanical, thermodynamic, and hydrodynamic properties. In addition to the physical descriptions, each chapter discusses principles of related clinical diagnostic methods and technological aspects of therapeutic applications. The final section on regenerative engineering, emphasizes biochemical and physiochemical factors that are important to improving or replacing biological functions. Chapters cover materials used for a broad range of applications associated with the replacement or repair of tissues or entire tissue structures.

Table of contents

Chapter  1:  Physics of the Cell Membrane Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Protein Signaling Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Cell Biology and Biophysics of the Cell Membrane Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Cellular Thermodynamics Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Action Potential Transmission and Volume Conduction Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Medical Decision Making Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Senses Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Somesthesis Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Hearing Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Vision Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Electroreception Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Biomechanics Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Artificial Muscle Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Cardiovascular System Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Control of Cardiac Output and Arterial Blood Pressure Regulation Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Fluid Dynamics of the Cardiovascular System Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Fluid Dynamics Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Modeling and Simulation of the Cardiovascular System to Determine Work Using Bond Graphs Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Anatomy and Physics of Respiration Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Electrodes Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Recording of Bioelectrical Signals: Theory and Practice Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Medical Sensing and Imaging Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Electrocardiogram: Electrical Information Retrieval and Diagnostics from the Beating Heart Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Electroencephalography: Basic Concepts and Brain Applications Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Bioelectric Impedance Analysis Download PDF
Chapter  26:  X-ray and Computed Tomography Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Confocal Microscopy Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Magnetic Resonance Imaging Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Positron Emission Tomography Download PDF
Chapter  30:  In Vivo Fluorescence Imaging and Spectroscopy Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Optical Coherence Tomography Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Ultrasonic Imaging Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Near-Field Imaging Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Atomic Force Microscopy Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Quantitative Thermographic Imaging Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Intracoronary Thermography Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Schlieren Imaging Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Helium Ion Microscopy Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Electron Microscopy Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Lab-on-a-Chip Download PDF
Chapter  42:  The Biophysics of DNA Microarrays Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Nuclear Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Biophysics in Regenerative Medicine Download PDF
prelims Download PDF
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