June 28, 1998
June 28, 1998
July 1, 1998
3.380.1 - 3.380.2
Introductory Biomedical Engineering Textbooks
Susan M. Blanchard, John D. Enderle North Carolina State University/University of Connecticut
Introduction Over the past fifty years, as the discipline of biomedical engineering has evolved, it has become clear that it is a diverse, seemingly all-encompassing field that includes such areas as biomechanics, biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, medical imaging, rehabilitation engineering, biomedical sensors, signal processing, biotechnology, and tissue engineering. Many of the textbooks that are currently available for introductory biomedical engineering courses are out- dated, do not cover emerging topics such as tissue engineering, do not have example problems and exercises, require an in-depth knowledge of electrical engineering, are written at a level that is beyond the capabilities of most undergraduate students, or are written for the biomedical engineering technology student.1-6
Discussion Nearly 20 experts have contributed to a new book, Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, that will be available late 1998.7 The text is written primarily for engineering students who have completed differential equations and basic courses in statics, dynamics, and linear circuits. Each chapter in the book begins with a short list of instructional objectives to help the students focus on the important topics that will be covered. The book contains numerous examples and exercises to help reinforce concepts and to develop problem solving skills. Within the text, MATLAB (a matrix equation solver), SIMULINK (an extension to MATLAB for simulating dynamic systems) and LABView (software interface for experiments) are used as computer tools to assist with problem solving.
Like its predecessors, this new biomedical engineering textbook cannot cover all of the possible topics that are considered to be within the domain of biomedical engineering, but it does cover those that are critical to the field and some of the emerging areas (Table 1). One of the goals of the book is to help students identify those areas of biomedical engineering that they want to learn more about through additional study in more advanced undergraduate and graduate courses.
References 1. J. D. Bronzino, Biomedical Engineering and Instrumentation – Basic Concepts and Applications. Boston: PWS Engineering, 1986. rd 2. J. J. Carr and J. M. Brown, Introduction to Biomedical Equipment Technology, 3 Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998. 3. A. E. Profio, Biomedical Engineering. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1993. rd 4. J. G. Webster (Ed.), Medical Instrumentation: Application and Design, 3 Ed., New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1989. rd 5. L. A. Geddes and L. E. Baker, Principles of Applied Biomedical Instrumentation, 3 Ed., New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1989. nd 6. W. Welkowitz, S. Deutsch, and M. Akay, Biomedical Instruments: Theory and Design, 2 Ed., San Diego: Academic Press, 1992.
Blanchard, S. M., & Enderle, J. D. (1998, June), Introductory Biomedical Engineering Textbooks Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--7248
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