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Medical cybernetics

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Medical cybernetics

Medical Cybernetics is a branch of cybernetics which has been heavily affected by the development of the computer,[1] which applies the concepts of cybernetics to medical research and practice. It covers an emerging working program for the application of systems- and communication theory, connectionism and decision theory on biomedical research and health related questions.


  • Overview 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5


Medical cybernetics searches for quantitative descriptions of biological dynamics.[2] It investigates intercausal networks in living organism.

Topics in medical cybernetics:

  • [2]
  • Medical information and communication theory: Motivated by the awareness of information as an essential principle of life the application of communication theory to biomedicine aims to mathematically describe signalling processes and information storage in different physiological layers.[2]
  • Connectionism: Connectionistic models describe information processing in neural networks – thus forming a bridge between biological and technological research.[2]
  • Medical decision theory (MDT): The Goal of MDT is to gather evidence based foundations for decision making in the clinical setting.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Brian H. Rudall (2000). "Cybernetics and systems in the 1980s". In: Kybernetes. Vol 29. Issue 5/6 p.595-611.
  2. ^ a b c d e J.W. Dietrich (2004), Medical Cybernetics – A Definition, Medizinische Kybernetik, 2004. Released under creative commons 2.0 attribution licence.

Further reading

  • V.V. Parin (1959), "Introduction to medical Cybernetics" in NASA Technical Translation no.F-459-F-462, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1959.
  • C.A. Muses (1965). "Aspects of some crucial problems in biological and medical cybernetics". In: Progress in biocybernetics, 1965.

External links

  • Institute for Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, Medical University Vienna, Austria
  • Medical Cybernetics in the Open Encyclopedia Project
  • Portal Server Medizinische Kybernetik | Medical Cybernetics
  • UCLA Biocybernetics Laboratory, Los Angeles, Ca, USA
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