This highly readable account of contemporary bioengineering provides a fascinating introduction to reconstructing, repairing, and renovating the human body. Clear, current, vivid writing makes accessible to the general reader that complex problems encountered in transplanting hearts, lungs, and livers, in replacing skin, and creating artificial joints, limbs, and larynxes. Brief biographical sketches introduce the scientists and researchers developing the technologies and theories. Also included are discussions of research that may result in future medical breakthroughs, including limb regeneration, brain transplants, artificial blood vessels, and thyroid gland implants. Glossary, bibliography, index. An excellent choice for school and public libraries.