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March 1972

Biomaterials: Bioengineering Applied to Materials for Hard and Soft Tissue Replacement

Arch Surg. 1972;104(3):359. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180030103029

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You have to try hard, after reading this book, to say what use it would be to anyone. Perhaps to the medical scientist or engineer, it will show what a world of competences are involved in the work being done on biomaterials. Or to one in the field, let us say of replacement of bone, it may be interesting to have an overview of such allied fields as replacement of teeth, or skin. For these purposes, the book will serve, if not well, passably, but don't expect an extended tour. Many large provinces are referred to but not explored. It is only too easy for the reader to pick any number of big blind spots in addition to those purposely left out, those being artificial hearts and associated devices, etc. To mention a few, tribology, (wear and lubrication study), pacemakers, vessel prostheses, soft lenses, etc. If you ask, whether in

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