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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Riad Barmada, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the third edition of book on the basic mechanics related to body joints and muscle functions.
Purpose: The authors' stated purpose is to improve the dialogue between professionals interested in the biological and physiological aspects of the human body and those who are interested in the engineering aspects.
Audience: The audience includes orthopedic surgery residents and bioengineering students.
Features: The 15 chapters cover engineering principles as they relate to the function of the human body. The first few chapters are devoted to basic mathematical and engineering principles. The remaining chapters are dedicated to the analysis and application of engineering principles to human body function. It is much heavier on mathematics than biology.
Assessment: This is a well-written publication with very good illustrations. It is a good reference on biomechanics and would be of benefit to orthopedics residents and others involved in related research.