Biomaterials are biocompatible, nonliving materials that mimic or interact usefully with living bio-systems such as human systems.  The bulk of the book deals with ceramic and fibrous biomaterials.  Many unusual methods of making and processing these materials are discussed.  Also, the characterization (testing and evaluation) of these materials for human usefulness is dealt with in detail. The many ways these materials can mimic, replace or assist human living systems are quite interesting.  The last chapter is devoted to total hip replacements so there is some discussion of what metals are compatible in human applications.
 
As is often the custom in contemporary writing, the editors have used capital letter abbreviations for many phrases throughout the book, reducing its readability.  Nevertheless, it is informative and interesting.
  
Review by Albert C. Claus, physics department at Loyola University, Chicago, Ill., U.S.A.

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