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Biomedical Polymers in Theory and Practice

  • Charles G. Gebelein
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Part of the Polymer Science and Technology book series (POLS, volume 14)

Abstract

The field of biomedical polymers continues to show steady growth in both the basic research and applications areas. The only limit to the suggested uses of polymers in medicine seems to be a limit in our imagination. Some recent popular articles suggest that nearly all parts of the human body could be replaced by some type of a plastic and/or metal device (1,2). Many major problems remain to be solved before this vision could become fact, however. A large number of recent surveys and books attest to the great interest in this important field of science (3–31). These books but scratch the surface and hundreds of articles are published each year in a variety of journals including such specialized ones as the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research and the Transactions of the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs. Courses in the field of biomedical polymers and biomaterials are now offered at many different universities (32).

Keywords

Artificial Organ Artificial Heart Artificial Lung Total Artificial Heart Control Release System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles G. Gebelein
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryYoungstown State UniversityYoungstownUSA

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