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Medical Devices and Biomaterials for the Developing World

Case Studies in Ghana and Nicaragua

Authors: Fatunde, Olumurejiwa A., Bhatia, Sujata K.

  • First book to bridge biomaterials science and public health
  • Discusses the distinct advantages of naturally-derived materials for the developing world
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About this book

This book focuses on the adoption of medical technology in the developing world, and the role that can be played by new biomaterials. These authors urge that advanced technology be aligned with the needs of developing and emerging markets, and an alternative definition of technology  be embraced. This “new technology” considers natural sources of materials and tools for treatment and is not restricted to the usual traditional computerized or electronic technology.
This book explores the difficulties that accompany successful transfer of technologies between disparate settings. The book then leaves the world of traditional technology and focuses on biomaterials, which represent an enormous opportunity for developing societies to become active participants in the development of new technologies. Biomaterials can be  used in the treatment of disease throughout the developing world and beyond. Biomaterials encompass a range of naturally derived substances; of particular interest here are naturally derived and synthetically manufactured materials with potential applications in different body systems. Because many of these materials can be grown, the agricultural output of developing nations is an obvious potential source of these biomaterials. The book considers the cases of Ghana and Nicaragua as examples of the broader situation in West Africa and Central/South America. These two regions are uniquely positioned with regard to both health care and technological capabilities, and both stand to grow significantly in the coming years. While the agricultural sectors of the two nations are quite different, both are major producers of corn and other materials that should be investigated further. Of course, the difficulty in using a foodstuff for medical purposes is fully explored.

About the authors

Prof. Sujata Bhatia is Assistant Director for Undergraduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering at Harvard University.

Olumurejiwa Fatunde is a graduate student in International Health Policy at the London School of Economics. She  graduated from Harvard University with an AB in biomedical engineering.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Fatunde, Olumurejiwa A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • Case Study of Ghana

    Fatunde, Olumurejiwa A. (et al.)

    Pages 19-32

  • Case Study of Nicaragua

    Fatunde, Olumurejiwa A. (et al.)

    Pages 33-51

  • Corn- and Soy-Derived Materials: Properties and Potential Clinical Applications

    Fatunde, Olumurejiwa A. (et al.)

    Pages 53-66

  • Feasibility Study of Corn- and Soy-Derived Materials

    Fatunde, Olumurejiwa A. (et al.)

    Pages 67-81

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eBook $34.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-4758-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Medical Devices and Biomaterials for the Developing World
Book Subtitle
Case Studies in Ghana and Nicaragua
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Public Health
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-4759-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-4759-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-4758-0
Series ISSN
2192-3698
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 112
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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