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Biodegradable Polymers in Medicine and Surgery

  • Richard L. Kronenthal
Part of the Polymer Science and Technology book series (POLS, volume 8)

Abstract

The science of biodegradable materials is most often associated with problems of environmental control. The need to avoid accumulation of permanent ecological litter is obvious and methods to do so will not be considered in this discussion. Rather, the emphasis will be on polymers with the potential for degradation within the living organism. More specifically, polymers which display structural integrity and, as a consequence, mechanical utility, will be considered while polymeric drugs or carriers which function in solution, such as polyvinyl pyrollidone and dex-tran, both reported as useful blood extenders, will not.

Keywords

Polylactic Acid Polyvinyl Alcohol Biodegradable Polymer Benzyl Ether British Patent 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard L. Kronenthal
    • 1
  1. 1.Ethicon, Inc.SomervilleUSA

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