Several textbooks have been published that discuss just one or two of the areas concerning tissue and organ replacement. This important book brings together all the different approaches for the first time. The contributors are established experts in their respective fields.The multidisciplinary nature of the text will appeal to students, scientists and clinicians from a wide spectrum of disciplines who are considering a future in organ replacement therapy, as well as to those who have so far only learnt of the developments in organ transplantation or replacement in the lay media. The field is moving very fast indeed - transplant surgeons continue to redefine what is possible and new products that were just laboratory curiosities a few years ago are beginning to enter clinics around the world and improve the quality of life for thousands of people. The promise of the various technologies described in this book, if realised, will make a profound and lasting impact on both the way the health care industry operates and the way we view the human body.
New developments on materials; new horizons in grafting human organs; tissue engineering - the construction of living organs for replacement; xenotransplantation; developmental biology and organ replacement; safety of human tissues and cells.