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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Konstantin V. Slavin, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book discusses current views on motor control, with special emphasis on mechanic and physiologic patterns of human movements. This book also attempts to summarize recent experimental and clinical data and explain them based on the equilibrium-point hypothesis.
Purpose: The purpose of the book, according to its author, is to update Bernstein's theory of motor control and answer several key questions. What makes this book useful is the fact that there are few monographs about motor control, and there is a big need in summarizing all currently available information.
Audience: The author directs the book to graduate students and other specialists working in motor control studies and related applied areas. The author is a very experienced researcher, working in this area for more than 15 years.
Features: The amount of illustrations is sufficient, which include graphs and schemes. All chapters are fully referenced. The index and the table of contents are very useful in finding subjects. The general appearance of the book is very good. The unique feature of the book is its language (the author writes as he speaks, making the book very easy to read and understand).
Assessment: I like this book; although requiring appropriate background in physiology and biomechanics, the book gives updated information about motor control, discusses current concepts from the point of view of the equilibrium-point hypothesis, and presents a useful tool for understanding this important topic. I recommend this book to specialists in biophysics, physiology and bioengineering, including students studying biomechanics and physiology and medical and biological libraries.