Basic Engineering for Medical and Biology Students and Graduates

The past decade, clinical medicine has impressively developed following the advances in bioengineering and medical technology. This has lead to increased numbers of courses in the area of bioengineering and clinical technology. Those who have a background in engineering can now take modules dealing with basic biological and medical sciences. What's interesting is that so far, medical students rarely take any biomedical engineering courses. This has a negative impact on the scientific exchange between engineers and medics. The goal of the Society for Engineering and Medicine (SEM) is to bridge the gap between engineering and medicine and biology. It promotes cultural and scientific exchanges between the engineering and the medical/biological fields. This primer consists of a series of First Step chapters in engineering and is principally presented for those with a medical or biology background who intend to start a MSc programme in biomedical engineering, and for medics or biologists who wish to better understand a particular technology. It will also serve as a reference for biomedical engineers. Written by engineers and medics who are leaders in their field, it covers the basic engineering principles underpinning: biomechanics, bioelectronics, medical informatics, biomaterials, tissue engineering, bioimaging and rehabilitation engineering. It also includes clinically relevant examples.