The complete volume 12 of Medical Progress through Technology is devoted to the work of colleagues in Japan. Additionally, whole authority and responsibility both for the election of topics and for the reviewing procedure had been delegated to Guest Editors from Japan. What are the objectives of this special issue and why has Japan been elected to present itself in this way? International journals such as Medical Progress through Technology usually contain papers from authors all over the world. Such issues provide a rather comprehensive survey on different scientific projects but do not reflect the standard and extent of medical technology in a certain country. I think that issues like the present one give far better information on the actual state of research and development in a country than an irregular sequence of scientific reports. It is not intended that all future issues of Medical Progress through Technology will concern only national issues. The present issue is an exception. However, if the readers appreciate such an approach, then other national issues may be published. There are several reasons in favor of Japan preparing the first national issues.
We all admire the history, tradition and culture of this country, but we are also impressed by the high standard of research, develop- ment and technical realisation achieved in nearly all high technology fields. There is no doubt, that Japan is among the leading nations in the field of medical technology.
Preface.- Research and development on total artificial heart in University of Tokyo.- Hepatic assist device, using membrane plasma separator and dialyzer.- Patient monitoring during and after open heart surgery by an improved deep body thermometer.- The development of artificial endocrine pancreas.- Functional electrical stimulation for the control of the upper extremities.- Blood flow in the heart and large vessels.- An optical-fiber laser Doppler velocimeter and its application to measurements of coronary blood flow velocities.- Current development in Doppler echocardiography.- Left ventricular image processing.- Body surface potential mapping - its application to animal experiments and clinical examinations.- Noninvasive measurement of arterial blood pressure and elastic properties using photoelectric plethysmography technique.- Solid-state micro sensors.- Electrical measurement of fluid distribution in legs and arms.- Measurement of electrical bio-impedance and its applications.- Estimation of tissue parameters derived from reflected ultrasound.- Recent progress of technology in obstetrics gynecology, particularly in perinatal medicine in Japan.- Sintered hydroxyapatite for a percutaneous device and its clinical application.- Recent advances in thromboresistant materials.- Biomagnetism in Japan.
Series: Medical Progress Through Technology : Book 12
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 31st October 1987
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78
Weight (kg): 0.48