Biological Model Systems for the Testing of the Toxicity of Biomaterials

  • John Autian
Part of the Polymer Science and Technology book series (POLS, volume 8)


An increasing number of medical items, classified as medical devices, are being manufactured, distributed and used for the saving of lives, prolongation of life, and in all aspects of health care. These items can range from heart valves to disposable plastic syringes. Presently, it is estimated that approximately 3, 000 to 4, 000 firms are manufacturing approximately 20, 000 medical devices of one type or another. The 1974 market value for these items is estimated to range from $3 billion to $5 billion, and this figure is expected to increase significantly in the next five years.


Acute Toxicity Medical Device Medical Item Isolate Rabbit Heart Subacute Toxicity 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Autian
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  1. 1.Materials Science Toxicology Laboratories, College of Pharmacy and College of DentistryThe University of Tennessee, Center for the Health SciencesMemphisUSA

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