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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward Abraham, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: In this book the authors explain the basic mechanical principles of the workings of the musculoskeletal system.
Purpose: The purpose is to teach biomechanics, using clinical settings, to a general audience who are seeking a better understanding of the workings of the human body. These most worthy objectives are fully met.
Audience: This basic science book is written for orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, rheumatologists, physical and occupational therapists, and athletic trainers. Other musculoskeletal researchers can benefit from reading this work. Both authors had experience teaching this material to medical professionals.
Features: The book is divided into three sections of 15 chapters. Basic concepts and application of mechanics, including system in equilibrium, are covered in the first section. In the second part the methods for analyzing deformation characteristics of materials are explored. The study of moving systems is covered in the third section. In all the sections the material is tied to human functions. Three appendixes cover plane geometry, vector algebra, and calculus. This second edition includes more biomechanical examples and exercise problems.
Assessment: Basic science education is an important requirement for most postgraduate doctoral degrees. For instance, orthopedic residents are expected to know the basic biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. This book fills an important void in available reading material on the subject. I highly recommend it to orthopedists, orthopedic residents, and other residents involved in the care of patients with musculoskeletal problems.