Biomaterials : A Tantalus Experience

By (author) Helsen, Jozef A.; By (author) Missirlis, Yannis

Replacement of a failing hip joint or other defective organs in the human body by artificial 'spare parts' has significantly improved our quality of life. These spare parts have to meet a wide spectrum of mechanical, chemical and design requirements. In this book, the properties and selection of materials for such 'spare parts' are deduced from case studies at the start of each chapter. Hard tissue replacements (joints, long bones, dental), soft tissue (heart valves) and tissue engineering are included. The chapters also detail the three generic classes of materials: alloys (including shape memory alloys), ceramics & glasses and polymers. Separate chapters are devoted to the toxicity of implants, the metals zirconium(-zirconium oxide), tantalum, niobium and metallic glasses, soluble metals and Rapid Prototyping techniques for the fabrication of custom made prostheses. The book concludes by a chapter on water as water is always 'there' and conditions the interaction between body and implant. Water is the very matrix of life on earth. A peculiarity of the book is its 'perspective view', meaning that the authors looked behind the present biomaterials' decor and included historical backgrounds (real and mythological), future developments, and the relation to nature (plants and geology).

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  • The Perfect Human Machine.- The Failing Human Machine.- Corrosion.- Intoxicated by Implants?.- Zirconium and Other Newcomers.- Long Bones.- Layer by Layer.- Metal Implants Bound to Disappear.- A 7,000 Year Old Story: Ceramics.- Dental Materials.- The Perfect Prosthesis?.- Heart Valve Substitutes.- Tissue Engineering: Regenerative Medicine.- Water.- Closing Dinner Speech.

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書名 Biomaterials : A Tantalus Experience
著作者等 Missirlis, Yannis
Helsen, Jozef A.
書名別名 A Tantalus Experience
シリーズ名 Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering
出版元 Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
刊行年月 2012.12.28
ページ数 386p
大きさ H235 x W155
ISBN 9783642265877
言語 英語
出版国 ドイツ