A History of Biomaterials

Buddy D. Ratner, Guigen Zhang

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This chapter provide a brief overview of the development of the field of biomaterials from the days of adventurous practices by surgeon-heroes, to the many accidental discovery and development of unexpected biomaterials, and to the modern era where engineers, chemists, physicists, biologists and clinicians work together to engineer novel medical treatment technologies. It also encourages readers to help preserve and document first-hand accounts of the roots of many developmental stories by biomaterials pioneers who are still with us today.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomaterials Science
Subtitle of host publicationAn Introduction to Materials in Medicine
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780128161371
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

Bibliographical note

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  • Artificial organs
  • Biology inspired materials
  • Biomaterials before civilization
  • Concept of biocompatibility
  • Designed biomaterials
  • Implants
  • Surgeon heroes
  • War

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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