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Artificial Organs

  • Theodore G. PapaioannouEmail author
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Part of the Series in BioEngineering book series (SERBIOENG)

Abstract

Since antiquity humans develop and use technologies with the ultimate purpose to augment their ability to survive, to treat or eradicate diseases, to enhance quality of living, to better adjust to environmental changes and to prolong lifespan. From the ancient Theriac, an all-purpose cure for a wide range of illnesses [1], to the modern medical technologies, these purposes remain the same. The conceptualization, design, development, test, validation and clinical application of human-made artificial organs has been for centuries a great technological and clinical challenge that can serve these endless humans’ objectives. In our days amazing achievements have occurred due to the rapid progress in technology and particularly in materials science, biotechnology, nanotechnology, tissue and genetic engineering, biomechanics, biosensors, robotics and information technologies. All these advances have been also translated into the design and developement of artificial organs.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biomedical Engineering and Cardiovascular Mechanics, Biomedical Engineering Unit, First Department of Cardiology, Hippokration Hospital, Medical SchoolNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

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