Book Reviews

Modern Practical Health Care Issues in Biomedical Instrumentation

Modern Practical Health Care Issues in Biomedical Instrumentation 150 150 IEEE Pulse
Based upon the title and advertising of this newly published text, this reviewer presumed the readership of IEEE Pulse would be interested in an overview of the material. read more

Smart Home Technologies and Services for Geriatric Rehabilitation

Smart Home Technologies and Services for Geriatric Rehabilitation 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Edited by Mohamed-Amine Choukou and Shabbir Syed-Abdul, Academic Press, October 2021, ISBN: 9780323851732, xv +237 pages, $180 Having been the sole, then later primary caregiver for a relative, this reviewer…

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Advanced Mathematics for Engineering Students: The Essential Toolbox, 1st ed.

Author(s): Paul King
Advanced Mathematics for Engineering Students: The Essential Toolbox, 1st ed. 150 150 IEEE Pulse
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

Electronic Devices, Circuits, and Systems for Biomedical Applications: Challenges and Intelligent Approach, 1st ed.

Author(s): Paul King
Electronic Devices, Circuits, and Systems for Biomedical Applications: Challenges and Intelligent Approach, 1st ed. 150 150 IEEE Pulse
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

Wearable Sensors: Fundamentals, Implementation and Applications, 2nd ed.

Author(s): Paul King
Wearable Sensors: Fundamentals, Implementation and Applications, 2nd ed. 150 150 IEEE Pulse
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

Medical Device Technologies: A Systems Based Overview Using Engineering Standards, 2nd ed.

Author(s): Paul King
Medical Device Technologies: A Systems Based Overview Using Engineering Standards, 2nd ed. 150 150 IEEE Pulse
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

Biomaterial Mechanics, 1st ed.

Author(s): Paul King
Biomaterial Mechanics, 1st ed. 150 150 IEEE Pulse
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

Control Theory in Biomedical Engineering: Applications in Physiology and Medical Robotics

Author(s): Paul King
Control Theory in Biomedical Engineering: Applications in Physiology and Medical Robotics 150 150 IEEE Pulse
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

Introduction to Clinical Engineering, 1st ed.

Author(s): Paul King
Introduction to Clinical Engineering, 1st ed. 150 150 IEEE Pulse
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