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Physiology, Biophysics, and Biomedical Engineering

1st Edition

Edited by Andrew W Wood

CRC Press

784 pages | 470 B/W Illus.

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Physiology, Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering provides a multidisciplinary understanding of biological phenomena and the instrumentation for monitoring these phenomena. It covers the physical phenomena of electricity, pressure, and flow along with the adaptation of the physics of the phenomena to the special conditions and constraints of biological systems. While the text focuses on human biological systems, some of the principles also apply to plants, bacteria, and other animals.

The first section of the book presents a general introduction to physiological systems and describes specialized methods used to record electrical events from biological tissue. The next part examines molecules involved in cell transport and signaling as well as the proteins relevant in cells’ ability to contract and generate tension. The text goes on to cover the properties of the heart, blood, and circulation and the monitoring of cardiac and circulatory function. It then discusses the importance of the interrelationship of pressures and flows in organ systems, such as the lungs and kidneys, and details the organization and function of the nervous system. After focusing on the systems used to monitor signals, the book explores modeling, biomechanics, and emerging technologies, including the progressive miniaturization of sensors and actuators in biomedical engineering.

Developed from the authors’ courses in medical biophysics and biomedical instrumentation, this book shows how biophysics and biomedical engineering have advanced modern medicine. It brings together the physical principles underlying human physiological processes and the physical methods used to monitor these processes. Requiring only basic mathematical knowledge, the text supplements mathematical formulae with qualitative explanations and illustrations to encourage an intuitive grasp on the processes discussed.


"The book is strongly recommended to statisticians who wish to work in this relatively new, still emerging field of engineering, which will have to draw on both biology and statistics in the future."

—Jayanta K. Ghosh, International Statistical Review (2013), 81

"The inclusion of sample problems with solutions and well balanced illustrations when appropriate make this book one of the most highly recommended for those interested in understanding the underlying physical phenomena of biomedical research. …a valuable resource for medical professionals and students involved in physical medicine practice, medical device development, diagnostic design, and medical physics, particularly those interested in applied physics and engineering to medicine."

—Paul Gueye, PhD, Hampton University, Virginia, USA

Table of Contents


Introduction to Physiological Systems, Andrew W. Wood

Fundamentals of Electrical Circuits for Biomedicine, Anthony Bartel and Peter Alabaster

Properties of Electrodes, Andrew W. Wood


Molecular Biophysics, Andrew W. Wood

Membrane Biophysics, Andrew W. Wood

Excitability and Synapses, Andrew W. Wood

Skeletal Muscle Biophysics, Per Line


Cardiac Biophysics, Andrew W. Wood

Rheology of Blood, Andrew W. Wood

The Vascular System: Blood Flow Patterns in Various Parts of the Circulation, Andrew W. Wood

Cardiovascular System Monitoring, Andrew W. Wood


Respiratory Biophysics, Bruce R. Thompson and Joseph Ciorciari

Renal Biophysics and Dialysis, Andrew W. Wood

Cardiopulmonary Perfusion and Advanced Surgical Techniques, Andrew W. Wood


Organization of the Human Central Nervous System, Per Line

The Biophysics of Sensation—General, Mark A. Schier and Andrew W. Wood

Vision, David P. Crewther

Audition and Vestibular Sense, Joseph Ciorciari

Chemical Senses, John Patterson


Physiological Signal Processing, Peter J. Cadusch

Bioelectrical Signals: The Electroencephalogram, Joseph Ciorciari

Magnetic Stimulation and Biomagnetic Signals, Andrew W. Wood

Medical Imaging, Andrew W. Wood

Microscopy and Biophotonics, Andrew W. Wood


Physiological Modeling, Andrew W. Wood

Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Andrew W. Wood

Biosensors and Emerging Technologies, Andrew W. Wood

Answers to Questions


About the Editors

Andrew W. Wood is a professor in the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Center at Swinburne University of Technology. Dr. Wood was recently a member of the radiation health committee of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency and the secretary and registrar of the Australian Radiation Protection Accreditation Board. His research interests include the health effects associated with nonionizing radiation, cellular neuroscience, fluorescence microscopy, and mathematical modeling.

About the Series

Series in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
SCIENCE / Physics