2012, XVIII, 112 p. 41 illus., 11 illus. in color.
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First book to bridge biomaterials science and public health
Discusses the distinct advantages of naturally-derived materials for the developing world
Medical Devices and Biomaterials for the Developing World focuses on the adoption of medical technology in the developing world, specifically focusing on the the role that new biomaterials can play. It explores the difficulties that accompany the successful transfer of technologies between disparate settings, focusing on the cases of Ghana and Nicaragua as examples of the broader situations in West Africa and Central and South America. These two regions are uniquely positioned with regard to health care and technological capabilities, and both stand to grow significantly in the coming years.
Biomaterials represent an enormous opportunity for developing societies to become active participants in the development of new technologies, and can be used in the treatment of diseases throughout the developing world and beyond. The authors of this book argue that advanced technology should be aligned with the needs of developing and emerging markets, and that an alternative definition of technology should be embraced: one that considers natural sources for materials and tools for treatment, and that is not restricted to traditional computerized and electronic technologies.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Biomaterials - Biomaterials in Ghana - Biomaterials in Nicaragua - Developing World - Medical Biochemistry - Natural Products - Naturally-Derived Materials - Polymer - Public Health - SpringerBriefs
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Case study of Ghana
Chapter 3. Case study of Nicaragua
Chapter 4. Corn and soy-derived materials: Properties and potential clinical applications
Chapter 5. Feasibility study of corn- and soy-derived materials
Chapter 6. Discussion, recommendations, and conclusion
Appendix A: Images from health facilities in Nicaragua
Appendix B: Medical technology score
Appendix C: Calculation of the essentiality score
Appendix D: Visual cytotoxicity ratings