Paul King

Paul H. King, PhD, PE is a founding member and past Chairman of the Biomedical Engineering department at Vanderbilt University, where he is currently a Professor Emeritus. He has additionally worked in the areas of Nuclear Medicine, Cardiology, Orthopedics, forensics, and Anesthesiology. His teaching specialty was design, he continues this effort, forensics, and some medical device development work. Much of his teaching and research information can be found online.

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IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews September/October 2019
The Nurse’s Guide to Innovation: Accelerating the Journey
Bonnie Clipper, Mike Wang, Paul Coyne, Vince Baiera, Rebecca Love, Dawn Nix, Wayne Nix, and Brian Weirich, Superstar Press, 2019, ISBN: 978-1-60773-124-5, viii+ 108 pages, $19.95 I recently obtained a copy of this text: The Nurse’s Guide to Innovation from author... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews November/December 2016
A Survey of Medical Device Technology
Biomedical Device Technology: Principles and Design, 2nd Ed. By Anthony Y.K. Chan, CC Thomas Publisher, 2016. ISBN 978-0-398- 09083-8, viii + 748 pages, US$85.95. According to the preface, this text is “written for engineers and technologists who are interested in understanding the... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews January/February 2015
Transitioning from the Lab Bench to Business
Eugene Kohr, Academic Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-12-410516-4, xx + 21 pages, US$49.95. From Academia to Entrepreneur: Lessons from the Real World by Eugene Khor is an interesting, compact, reasonably priced, 13-chapter textbook conveying lessons learned by the author both during his... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews January/February 2019
Biothermodynamics: Principles and Applications
By Mustafa Ozilgen and Esra Sorgüven, Taylor & Francis, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-4665-8609-3, xi+ 399 pages + CD, $128 This reviewer has taught undergraduate thermodynamics to mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering students. Some of the courses were standard steam-table based, some were based... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews January/February 2014
Mathematical Models for Society and Biology, 2nd Ed.
Edward Beltrami, Academic Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-12-404624-5, xiii+266 pages, US$49.98 This 12-chapter text has the goal of showing how mathematics can illuminate fascinating problems drawn from society and biology. Each chapter takes a particular mathematical topic and applies it to one or more problems in society or biology. The... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews January/February 2017
The Wonderful World of Biodesign
Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies, 2nd Ed. By Paul G. Yock, Stefanos Zenios, Josh Makower, Todd J. Brinton, Uday N. Kumar, F.T. Jay Watkins, Lyn Denend, Thomas M. Krummel, and Christine Q. Kurihara, Cambridge University Press, 2015. ISBN 978-1-107-... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews March/April 2015
Clinical Engineering
Azzam F.G. Taktak, Paul Ganney, David Long, and Paul White, Eds., Academic Press, 2014. ISBN: 978–0– 12–396961–3, xvii + 443 pages, US$125. To me, the title of this book implied that it might be useful as a textbook or as... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews January/February 2019
Design Control for the Medical Device Industry, 2nd ed.
By Marie B. Teixeira, CRC Press, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-1-138-07371-5, xi+ 193 pages, $210 I have spent more than 30 years in the medical device industry. During this time, I have written ten texts on medical device design, medical device standards and... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews May/June 2016
Health Informatics and Winning the War on Cancer
Guide to Health Informatics, 3rd ed. By Enrico Coiera, CRC Press, 2015. ISBN 978-1-4441-7049-8, xxvi + 683 pages, US$79.95. Comprehensive. Timely. Readable. Interesting. Useful as a textbook and/or reference. Relevant. Highly recommended. This 32-chapter, eight-section text can serve as a comprehensive introduction to... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews May/June 2014
Biomedical Consulting Agreements: A Guide for Academics
Edward Klees and H. Robert Horvitz, MIT Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-262-51793-5. xiii + 125 pages, US$30. If you are an academic working in the areas of biotechnology or pharmaceutical development, this brief text, written by a lawyer and an accomplished researcher,... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews September/October 2017
Practicing Medicine in Three Dimensions
3D Printing in Medicine Edited by Deepak M. Kalaskar, Elsevier Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0-08-100717-4, ix + 226 pages, US$215. This heavily referenced text is a recommended read for anyone wishing to get up to speed in the area of three-dimensional (3-D) (also... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews March/April 2016
Technology: From Electromagnetic Modeling to Point-of-Care Using Consumer Electronics
Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Modeling for Electrical and Biological Systems Using MATLAB Edited by Sergey N. Makarov, Gregory M. Noetscher, and Ara Nazarian, Wiley, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-119-05256-2, 648 pages, US$150. The role of increasingly powerful computers in the modeling and simulation domain has resulted... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews September/October 2015
Work in Living Systems
Work Meets Life: Exploring the Integrative Study of Work in Living Systems Edited by Robert Levin, Simon Laughlin, Christina De La Rocha, and Alan Blackwell, MIT Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-262- 01412-0, xv + 250 pages, US$32. This book is a four-editor, ten-contributor... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews May/June 2019
Signal Processing and Machine Learning for Biomedical Big Data
Ervin Sejdic and Tiago H. Falk, CRC Press, 2018, ISBN: 9781351061223, xviii+ 606 pages, $220 But for one flaw in the first printing of this text (to be detailed at the end of this review), this reviewer highly recommends this reference... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews July/August 2016
An Overview of In Vivo Macroscopic Imaging
Essentials of In Vivo Biomedical Imaging Edited by S. Cherry, R. Badawi, and J Qi, CRC Press, 2015. ISBN: 13 978-1- 4398-9874-1 (book and e-book), xvi + 272 pages, US$89.96. This three-editor, 13-contributor, seven-chapter text, per the preface, is written for the... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews May/June 2014
Funding Your Career in Science: From Research Idea to Personal Grant
Ritsert C. Jansen, Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-107-62417-7. 210 pages, US$28. The author of this text is a dean of talent and professor of bioinformatics at the University of Groningen. He has extensive experience as a trainer on career and... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews March/April 2018
Fundamental Principles of Animal Research
Animal Models for the Study of Human Disease, 2nd Ed. Edited by P. M. Conn, Academic Press, 2017, ISBN 978-0-12-809468-6, xix + 1,177 pages, $US300. I have been peripherally involved in animal research during my career, working with an orthopedic surgeon on... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews November/December 2015
Technology: Toward Research in Biology
From X-Rays to DNA: How Engineering Drives Biology Edited by W. David Lee, MIT Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-262-01977-4. xii + 233 pages, US$30. This text, primarily authored by W. David Lee, is a straightforward argument that there are many instances with a period... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews July/August 2019
Physics in Biology and Medicine
Paul Davidovits, Academic Press, 2018, ISBN: 9780128137161, xviii+ 358 pages, $85 From the book back cover copy: “Paul Davidovits’ Physics in Biology and Medicine provides a high-quality and highly relevant physics grounding for students working toward careers in the medical and... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews September/October 2016
Consilience of Conscience
LAB GIRL By Hope Jahren, Knopf, 2016. ISBN: 9781101874936, 304 pages, US$26.95. As an academic, a research engineer, and a committed tree hugger, I found much to like in the 2016 memoir, Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren, who is currently a geology... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews July/August 2014
Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More
Matt Carter, Academic Press, ISBN: 978-0-12-38569-3. xxi + 360 pages, US$49.95. This text consists of 27 chapters in six subsections and includes four appendixes. Each chapter begins with an introduction to the material and contains a succinctly done and well-illustrated main body, followed by a listing... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews November/December 2018
A College-Level Overview of Biomedical Instrumentation
By Andrew G. Webb, Cambridge University Press, 2018, ISBN 978-1-10- 711313-8, 323 pages, $US90. This text (one of the 13 books currently available in the Cambridge Texts in Biomedical Engineering series) is aimed at late sophomore- or early junior-level students, “with... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Book Reviews January/February 2016
Analyzing How Devices Are Used
Edited by Mary Beth Privitera, Academic Press, 2015, ISBN 9780128018521, xxii + 284 pages, US$106 paperback. As a former design instructor, the title of this text interested me because I had not personally used the term contextual inquiry in my teaching,... Read more
IEEE PULSE, 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
IEEE PULSE, Uncategorized, November/December 2019
Heat and Mass Transfer: A Biological Context, 2nd ed.
By Ashim K. Datta, CRC Press, 2017, ISBN: 978-1-138-03360-3, xlii + 634 pages, $155 (HB) This text, as the name implies, covers heat and mass transfer calculations in the context of biological and agricultural applications. It assumes an ability of the... Read more
IEEE PULSE, 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
IEEE PULSE, 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
IEEE PULSE, 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
IEEE PULSE, 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
IEEE PULSE, 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
IEEE PULSE, 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
IEEE PULSE, 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
IEEE PULSE, 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
IEEE PULSE, 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
IEEE PULSE, 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
IEEE PULSE, 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
IEEE PULSE, 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
IEEE PULSE, 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
IEEE PULSE, 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