Book Reviews

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
Book Reviews May/June 2020
A Comprehensive Physically Based Approach to Modeling in Bioengineering and Life Sciences,1st ed.
When this reviewer opted to receive and review this text, it was hoped that it would present as a complementary text to those of Drs. Carson and Cobelli [Modelling Methodology for Physiology and Medicine (2013) and Introduction to Modeling in Physiology and Medicine, 2nd ed. (2019)]. This was not to be the case... Read more
Book Reviews March/April 2020
Applied Human Factors in Medical Device Design, 1st ed.
If you aspire to be involved in the proper design, development, testing, documentation, sales, or manufacture of (improved) medical devices, this text offers a comprehensive overview of the many standards and methodologies involved in the process of applying human factors analysis in the medical device design process. To a large extent, its many chapters offer guidelines and examples of various aspects specific to recommended U.S. and European design documentation standards and requirements... Read more
Book Reviews March/April 2020
This text is an interesting and useful overview of the general field of biomechatronics, representing the contributions of the primary author and 27 coauthors to what appears to be a significant expansion of Dr. Popovic’s earlier textbook Biomechatronics and Robotics (CRC Press, 2013). It is one of the few textbooks available currently covering this entire field of endeavor... Read more
Book Reviews March/April 2020
Fundamentals of Solid-State Lighting: LEDs, OLEDs, and Their Applications in Illumination and Displays
Although this book is aimed primarily at electrical and electronics engineers, it can also be useful for all technical professionals who, in one way or another, are interested in lighting issues, especially those related to recent advances in light-emitting diode (LED) and organic-LED (OLED) technologies. This includes biomedical, civil, and industrial engineers, as well as architects, who may consider skipping some of the most specialized chapters of the book and focus on the (largely self-contained) sections devoted to LED and OLED lighting applications... Read more
Book Reviews January/February 2020
Robotic Assistive Technologies: Principles and Practice
Edited by Pedro Encarnação and Albert M. Cook, CRC Press, 2017, ISBN: 9781498745727, xvi + 382 pages, $65.95 This book is an excellent guide for all those who want to explore the world of robotic assistive technologies, as it takes the... Read more