Lecture 1 - What Is Biomedical Engineering?

author: W. Mark Saltzman, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: Jan. 4, 2011,   recorded: March 2008,   views: 8354
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Professor Saltzman introduces the concepts and applications of biomedical engineering, providing an overview of the course syllabus, reading materials for lecture and labs and grading logistics. Various pictures are shown to highlight the current application of biomedical engineering technologies in daily life (eg. chest x-ray, PET scan, operating room, gene chip, transport). Next, living standards and medical technologies of the past and present are compared to point out the impact of biomedical engineering as well as areas for improvement in the field. Finally, Professor Saltzman draws references from the poem "London Bridge" to illustrate some societal issues in making materials and devices in biomedical engineering.

Reading assignment:

Biomedical Engineering: Bridging Medicine and Technology, in preparation by Mark Saltzman (forthcoming by Cambridge University Press); chapters 1, 2, and 4

Resources:

Summary and Key Concepts: Chapter 2 [PDF]
Summary and Key Concepts: Chapter 4 [PDF]

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