Re-engineering the body

RSAMSON18 at cs.com RSAMSON18 at cs.com
Wed Sep 5 08:57:46 EST 2001


       Can re-engineering techniques used in devising equivalents of black 
boxes, integrated circuit chips or encapsulated products be used to better 
understand the many functions of the human body?  Re-engineering has to be 
done without destroying the object and this is true of the human body.  In 
re-engineering, one applies a variety of inputs and then studies the outputs. 
 In the case of the body, we don't intend to replicate the object but rather 
to understand all the responses to the inputs.  The inputs are foods, 
macronutrients, vitamins, minerals, trace elements and other consumables.  
The outputs are simple measurements such as blood pressure, temperature and 
pulse rate and more complex measurements such as levels of components of the 
blood and urine and also information from techniques such as PET, MRI and CT 
Scan.  In the case of blood components, one could make graphs of levels of 
output versus levels of inputs.  One could assume, typically, that the output 
level would start low, then ramp up, and then level off.  In some cases, the 
ouput might have an inverse relationship which might be considered good or 
bad.  If one assumed a mid-value of output to be desirable, a value well 
within the capability of the body's system, one could see what level of input 
produced that result.
       This is a very preliminary and tentative introduction but, I hope my 
few suggestions might stir some response and discussion.
Ralph L. Samson, MSEE

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