Understanding the Human Machine: A Primer for Bioengineering

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World Scientific, 2004 - 396 pagine
This introductory book for undergraduate students poses a question: What is bioengineering all about? After offering a reference frame and defining the objectives (chapter 1), ?physiology? (chapter 2) is presented as a source material followed by ?signals? (chapter 3) and ?signal pick up? (chapter 4). Chapter 5 deals with the biological amplifier. Reading the signal and the need for mathematical models are the subject matter, respectively, of chapters 6 and 7; they only provide guidance. The last chapter tries to look ahead. Sometimes, the subject is treated in relative depth; at times, the visit is more superficial. Formation rather than information is favored. Historical shots supply background material and spicy insights. Style is light, sprinkled with a little humor. There are exercises which allow students to learn independently.

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Introduction
1
Physiological Systems and Levels
13
33 Electric analog of the cardiac fiber
86
40 Respiratory system
99
48 Pulmonary wedge pressure
112
51 Flow diagram of the renal system
127
54 Schematic of the alimentary canal
142
61 Hypothalamusadenohypophysisthyroid relationship
161
Signal Pick Up
271
Biological Amplifier
299
Reading the Signals
337
The Need of Mathematical Models
349
Rounding Up and Looking Ahead
359
References
365
Index
383
List of Figures
393

68 Calcium regulation system
175
What They Are
217

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