The transport and equilibrium of chemical species is at the heart of processes that occur at all levels of biological organization-molecular, cellular, and organismal. For processes as diverse as receptor-ligand interactions and respiratory gas exchange, it is the engineering principles of thermodynamics, diffusion, and reaction kinetics that provide a unique perspective for analyzing and quantifying the underlying phenomena.
This book teaches the key scientific and engineering principles that are necessary to understand how important molecules in the human body, such as nutrients, drugs, and toxic substances, move from cell to cell, organ to organ, and between a person and the surrounding environment. It also contains information about the design of man-made devices, such as artificial lungs and kidneys, which are used in the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.
The approach is unique in that it stresses engineering principles rather than specific applications (though applications are detailed in the latter portion of the book) and reinforces learning with diverse example problems and frequent homework assignments. This empowers students with the self-confidence necessary to successfully tackle new problems throughout their careers.
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