This book is a compendium of papers arising from a symposium held at the University of Sussex, Brighton, England, in April 1982, on "Control System Concepts and Approaches in Clinical Medicine," sponsored by the Institute of Measurement and Control and cosponsored by the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Royal Society of Medicine. The theme of the symposium is the application of the controlsystem approach, aided by computational tools, to the solution of clinical problems.
Each chapter, with one or more authors, develops a specific topic area providing background, discussion, and good documentation of references.
The first chapter presents a detailed overview of the concept of disease and treatment in the context of control systems and the application of models to this approach. The modeling system discussed is based on a mathematical formulation of a mass balance equation. The second chapter deals with the role of