German: Medizinische Kybernetik


Medical Cybernetics is a section of cybernetics. It denotes a working program for applying systems theoretical, information theoretical, connectionistic, diktyological and decision theoretical concepts for biomedical research and clinical medicine (adapted from Dietrich 1999-2004).


Medical Systems TheoryEdit

Subject of medical systems theory is identifying, describing, quantifying and modelling physiological dynamics in healthy and diseased organisms in order to gain new and deeper insights in organizational principles of life and its perturbations.

Medical Information and Communication TheoryEdit

Based on the awareness of information as an essential fundament of life, medical information and communication theory tries to mathematically describe signal transfer processes in different physiological layers.


Connectionistic models specify information processing in neural networks and thus form a bridge between biological research and technical application.

Medical Decision TheoryEdit

The goal of medical decision theory is formulating evidence based foundations for clinical decision making.



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