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History of Bio-Medical Electronics Art

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1 Author(s)
J. F. Herrick ; Vista Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.

The almost phenomenal growth of the IRE Professional Group on Bio-Medical Electronics demonstrates the mutual interest that has been aroused both in engineering and in biology through new knowledge of living systems gained by instrumentation and technics recently available in this interzonal field. The engineer should develop a high-level respect for living systems at all stages of development, from that of unit cells to that of the amazing coordination of the living systems in the highly developed human being. An understanding of these systems will be advantageous to the physical sciences. Engineers, physicists and biologists have learned that by serving each other they can serve their respective goals best. The author believes that the science of electronics is the "liaison officer" responsible for converging the life sciences and the physical sciences into a single society. The organization of a society that would converge the man-made disciplines that cover the widely divergent fields reflected in the terms "bio-medical electronics," "biophysics" and "bio-medical engineering" was not achieved until the science of electronics was put to work in the life sciences.

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Proceedings of the IRE  (Volume:50 ,  Issue: 5 )