Book Reviews

Book Reviews March/April 2022
Advanced Mathematics for Engineering Students: The Essential Toolbox, 1st ed.
The authors of this text have abstracted and summarized in this text their offering of a third-year two semester course in advanced mathematics in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. Some applied mathematics matter from related engineering courses has also been added here. With these additions, the text is also purported also to be of value to most other engineers post-graduation. The text was selected for review here as it may be of value to you as a reference or as a foundation teaching text. Some knowledge of COMSOL and MAPLE is needed to fully utilize this text... Read more
Book Reviews November/December 2021
Electronic Devices, Circuits, and Systems for Biomedical Applications: Challenges and Intelligent Approach, 1st ed.
This 25-chapter text is the product of some 73 contributors, as edited by five editors. Publicity for the text suggests the book “explains the latest information on the design of new technological solutions for low-power, high-speed efficient biomedical devices, circuits and systems” and is “is ideal for graduate students in biomedical engineering and medical informatics, biomedical engineers, medical device designers, and researchers in signal processing.” After reading the first nine chapters of this text (plus a tenth), this review suggests that this text falls short of the above aspirations. The reasons why will become evident in the chapter reviews below... Read more
Book Reviews July/August 2021
Wearable Sensors: Fundamentals, Implementation and Applications, 2nd ed.
This text is a well-referenced fairly comprehensive overview of the current state of the art involving wearable sensors and relevant applications in (mainly) human health monitoring in applications from medicine to sports. The text is organized into six sections containing a total of 22 chapters contributed by some 78(!) researchers from 13 countries. It is aimed at “Practicing engineers in the area of medical and wearable devices, academic researchers, undergraduate and graduate students.” A review of the text, by sections, follows... Read more
Book Reviews March/April 2021
Medical Device Technologies: A Systems Based Overview Using Engineering Standards, 2nd ed.
As indicated and implied by the title, this text covers medical device technologies using a practical (engineering) systems approach to medical devices. The author, by virtue of her academic and industrial experiences, is professionally and experientially qualified to present this material to the readers. Medical imaging systems are excluded (per the author), as many programs offer a separate course in this area... Read more
Book Reviews March/April 2021
Biomaterial Mechanics, 1st ed.
This two-editor, 27-contributor, 4-section, 11-chapter text touches on the topic of biomaterial mechanics in a mixture of contributions ranging from overview to highly specialized coverage of, for example, biomaterials in cancer research... Read more
Book Reviews January/February 2021
Control Theory in Biomedical Engineering: Applications in Physiology and Medical Robotics
Some quick data regarding this text, to set the stage for the review: This text consists of 12 chapters overviewing “Control theory in biomedical engineering”; these comprise six chapters highlighting “Applications in physiology” and six chapters sampling “Applications in medical robotics.” Forty contributors to the text are named, and these individuals hail from ten different countries. The purported audience for the text from the publishers’ website consists of “Researchers and graduate students in both control engineering and biomedical engineering fields. Medical students and practitioners who want to enhance their understanding of physiological processes and medical robotics. Professionals in medical industries including those of industry of medical robotics, of artificial devices, of artificial organs, and rehabilitation devices.”... Read more
Book Reviews January/February 2021
Introduction to Clinical Engineering, 1st ed.
This text, in seven chapters (167 pages), gives an overview of the field of clinical engineering as generated by two practitioners in the field. Five reprints, each with a “questions to consider” section, comprise an additional 91 pages and serve to give a modicum of historical information regarding the field. An overview of the body of the text follows... Read more
Book Reviews November/December 2020
Biomechanics and Gait Analysis, 1st ed.
The primary author of and eight contributors to this text have generated this overview text of the general area of human biomechanics and gait analysis. All authors are contributors to the field and have leant their experiences to this text. Students and professionals interested in the general area of biomechanics and gait analysis, and applications thereof to areas related to rehabilitation and orthotics, will find this text of interest... Read more
Book Reviews September/October 2020
Smartphone-Based Medical Diagnostics, 1st ed.
This reviewer has an interest in the use of smartphones for various tasks, such as documentation of device failures (photography), inspection of parts (use of borescopes), thermal imaging (attachments for infrared imaging), personal health monitoring (step counting, heart rate monitoring, stress monitoring), and the like... Read more
Book Reviews July/August 2020
Organ-on-a-Chip Engineered Microenvironments for Safety and Efficacy Testing
The need to improve testing platforms for current and new pharmaceuticals has helped generate studies involving “organs-on-a-chip” technologies in recent years. This text, aimed at a readership including biomedical engineers, entrepreneurs, design engineers, new drug investigators, etc., attempts to survey the current state of the art in this area of endeavor... Read more