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The Physiological Measurement Handbook

1st Edition

Edited by John G. Webster

CRC Press

616 pages | 275 B/W Illus.

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The Physiological Measurement Handbook presents an extensive range of topics that encompass the subject of measurement in all departments of medicine. The handbook describes the use of instruments and techniques for practical measurements required in medicine. It covers sensors, techniques, hardware, and software as well as information on processing systems, automatic data acquisition, reduction and analysis, and their incorporation for diagnosis.

Suitable for both instrumentation designers and users, the handbook enables biomedical engineers, scientists, researchers, students, health care personnel, and those in the medical device industry to explore the different methods available for measuring a particular physiological variable. It helps readers select the most suitable method by comparing alternative methods and their advantages and disadvantages.

In addition, the book provides equations for readers focused on discovering applications and solving diagnostic problems arising in medical fields not necessarily in their specialty. It also includes specialized information needed by readers who want to learn advanced applications of the subject, evaluative opinions, and possible areas for future study.


"…if you are wanting detail about the physiological mechanisms behind commonly encountered clinical tests then this is well worth a read…"

—Anthony Starr, Junior Practitioner, Cumbria, UK

"What makes this book particularly unique and potentially attractive to technically oriented clinicians is the number of chapters organized by medical subspecialty as opposed to simply by organ systems. … this book offers a well-organized and expanded treatment of virtually all of the common and specialty physiological measurements currently available. It should also serve as a good primer for those relatively new to the field."

Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology, May/June 2015

Table of Contents

Overview of Physiological Measurements

P. Åke Öberg and Tatsuo Togawa

Cardiology: Blood Pressure

Alberto Avolio, Mark Butlin, and Dean Winter

Cardiology: Electrocardiography

Jason Ng and Jeffrey J. Goldberger

Cardiology: Hemodynamics

Sándor J. Kovács

Phonocardiography: Recording of Heart Sounds and Murmurs

Homer Nazeran


John G. Webster


John William Arkwright and Phil Dinning

Measuring Glomerular Filtration Rate in Clinical Practice

A. Michael Peters

Neurology: Central Nervous System

Richard B. Reilly

Neurology: Peripheral Nerves and Muscles

Ernest Nlandu Kamavuako and Dario Farina

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Michael R. Neuman


Ayyakkannu Manivannan, and Vikki McBain


Miriam Hwang, Ubong Udoekwere, and Gerald Harris

Physiologic Measures in Otology, Neurotology, and Audiology

Il Joon Moon, E. Skoe, and Jay T. Rubinstein

Pathology: Chemical Tests

Arlyne B. Simon, Brendan M. Leung, Tomm aso Bersano-Begey, Larry J. Bischof, and Shuichi Takayama

Pediatric Physiological Measurements

Michael R. Neuman

Measurements in Pulmonology

Jason H.T. Bates, David W. Kaczka, and G. Kim Prisk


Melvin P. Siedband and John G. Webster


John G. Webster


Michael Drinnan and Clive Griffiths

Data Processing, Analysis, and Statistics

Gordon Silverman and Malcolm S. Woolfson


About the Editor

John G. Webster is a Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Instrument Society of America, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the Institute of Physics. He has authored and edited numerous books and has been the recipient of several awards. He earned a PhD from the University of Rochester. His research in the field of medical instrumentation focuses on intracranial pressure monitoring, ECG dry electrodes, tactile vibrators, a visual voiding device, and apnea.

About the Series

Series in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

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Subject Categories

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