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Nanomedicine, Volume I: Basic Capabilities Hardcover – October 15, 1999

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"Nanomedicine" is an endlessly impressive and uniquely important book, a gift from the future to us living in the present. -- Greg Fahy, PhD, Life Extension Magazine, October, 2000

All...topics..developed in considerable detail..a thorough and fascinating exploration of a field that could bring enormous benefits. -- Robotica (2000) Vol. 18, pp 687-689, Cambridge Univ Press

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 509 pages
  • Publisher: Landes Bioscience; 1st edition (October 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157059645X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570596452
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,516,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bradbury on June 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Serving as a reviewer for this book has been one of the most enjoyable and self-educating activities I've had over the last year. It takes a lot to stretch my imagination and this book certainly accomplished that. I have read the pre-press version of 8 of the 10 chapters in Volume I (1: The Prospect of Nanomedicine, 3: Molecular Transport and Sortation, 4: Nanosensors and Nanoscale Scanning, 6: Power, 7: Communication, 8: Navigation, 9: Manipulation & Locomotion, and 10: Other Basic Capabilities). The basic impression I am left with after reading this material is "wow, now here is a book that turns science fiction into reality".
This book serves to introduce and lay the foundation for nanomedicine - the use, in medicine, of bacteria sized programmable machines, constructed using molecular nanotechnology. It is a highly readable exploration of a field that will play an important role in the evolution of our species. It is also a technical reference with hundreds of equations and thousands of citations. The material covers the possibilities and limits of how nanoscale robots (nanobots) may function in the repair, maintenance and eventual augmentation of the human body.
Nanomedicine will be of interest to physicians, physicists, chemists, biologists, bioengineers as well as nonscientists who wonder how advanced technology may be used to solve currently unsolved problems in medicine. Anyone who considers themselves a "futurist" or who is interested in aspects of nanotechnology should consider the book "required reading".
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By I Heart Audio Books on December 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm hardly an authority on "wet" nanotechnology. Just a humble enthusiast. However, I believe that both professional and laypeople will find this a fascinating, insightful, and educational read. As Drexler stated in the book's forward, NANOMEDICINE required a comprehensive & multi-disciplinary perspective. Freitas provides one, in spades. If only 10% of the predictions made in the book come to pass, we will have a very exciting & daunting future. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The term nanotechnology is used to describe a variety of nanoscale technologies. Molecular nanotechnology has been defined as the three-dimensional positional control of molecular structure to create materials and devices to molecular precision - the ability to construct objects with atomic-scale control.
The availability of molecular nanotechnology will usher in an unprecedented era of dramatic progress in the way medical care is provided. More than just an extension of "molecular medicine," nanomedicine will employ molecular machine systems to address medical problems, and will use molecular knowledge to maintain and improve human health at the molecular scale. Nanomedicine will have extraordinary and far-reaching implications for the medical profession, for the definition of disease, and for the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions including aging.
The hallmark of medicine up to the present time has been the establishment of a delicate synergy between the tools of the physician/surgeon and those of nature. In most cases, however, one is forced to concede that we doctors have had to rely chiefly on the bodyÕs own self-repair capabilities. The best example, perhaps, is the recognition that antibiotics will not perform their intended function in the absence of an intact immune system.
The coming ability to carry out targeted medical procedures at the molecular level will bring unprecedented power to the practice of medicine, and promises to dominate medical technology research in the coming decades as much or more than even the Human Genome Project.
Nanomedicine (volume 1) is the first book-length technical discussion of the potential medical applications of molecular nanotechnology and medical nanorobotics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James R on June 9, 2003
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The author seems to cover molecular biology, physics, and engineering with equally impressive expertise. Prior to purchasing this book I thought "How can someone write so much on a field that arguably does not yet exist?" I was surprised at just how much thought has gone into the many facets of nanotechnology and nanomedicine -- regardless of the fact that we do not yet have the ability to implement most of the technology being discussed.
The title is perhaps a bit misleading. I would say this book is just as good a primer on nanotech in general as it is on nanomedicine. Many engineering issues are discussed, including power requirements, communication, heat dissipation, and mechanical strength. And, while many ideas are presented in a biological context (for instance, fluid drag is discussed in the context of navigating the blood stream), the information has applicability to nearly any type of nano-engineering.
The information presented is EXTENSIVELY referenced, and by skipping over the mathematical formulas, should be easily understood by someone with a basic background in biology and/or physics/engineering. I highly recommend this book.
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