Biomaterials Science

An Introduction to Materials in Medicine


  • Buddy Ratner, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, University of Washington
  • Allan Hoffman, Professor of Bioengineering University of Washington
  • Frederick Schoen, Professor of Pathology and Health Sciences and Technology Harvard Medical School
  • Jack Lemons, Professor and Director of Biomaterials Laboratory Surgical Research University of Alabama

The revised edition of this renowned and bestselling title is the most comprehensive single text on all aspects of biomaterials science. It provides a balanced, insightful approach to both the learning of the science and technology of biomaterials and acts as the key reference for practitioners who are involved in the applications of materials in medicine.
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Undergraduate and graduate students and practitioners in biomedical engineering, life and biological sciences, materials, mechanical and engineering sciences, and medicine.


Book information

  • Published: October 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374626-9

Table of Contents

PrefaceHow to Use This TextIntroductionPart 1 Materials Science and EngineeringSection 1.1 Properties of MaterialsSection 1.2 Classes of Materials Used in MedicinePart 2 Biology and MedicineSection 2.1 Some Background ConceptsSection 2.2 Host Reactions to Biomaterials and Their EvaluationSection 2.3 Biological Testing of BiomaterialsSection 2.4 Degradation of Materials in the Biological EnvironmentSection 2.5 Applications of BiomaterialsSection 2.6 Applications of Biomaterials in Functional Tissue EngineeringPart 3 Practical Aspects of BiomaterialsSection 3.1 Implants, Devices, and Biomaterials: Special ConsiderationsSection 3.2 Voluntary Standards, Regulatory Compliance and Non-Technical IssuesAppendicesAppendix A: Properties of Biological FluidsAppendix B: Properties of Soft MaterialsAppendix C: Chemical Compositions of Metals Used for ImplantsAppendix D: The Biomaterials LiteratureIndex