Surface-active biomaterials

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Science  09 Nov 1984:
Vol. 226, Issue 4675, pp. 630-636
DOI: 10.1126/science.6093253


Since the discovery in 1969 of a man-made surface-active material that would bond to bone, a range of materials with the same ability has been developed. These include glass, glass-ceramic, and ceramic materials which have a range of reaction rates and from which it should be possible to select a surface-active material for a specific application. The available materials and their similarities, differences, and current clinical applications are reviewed.

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