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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Eugene W. Brown, PhD (Michigan State University)
Description: This book on the kinematics of human movement provides technical background essential for understanding the location and movement of body parts in three dimensional space.
Purpose: It is intended to fill the gap between graduate texts that cover methods of biomechanics research and biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. A text that consolidates information from various fields of study and meets the author's stated objectives is needed by many people who come to biomechanics from various fields. This text has done an excellent job of filling this void in providing information on the kinematics of human movement.
Audience: It is written for readers "seriously interested in human movement" and for "future specialists who wish to read about human movement from a biomechanical perspective." The author accomplishes this goal in relation to kinematics. However, there continues to be a void in the amalgamation of materials into a text on the kinetics of human movement. Hopefully, this very credible authority will fill this void in subsequent volumes.
Features: Pertinent illustrations are appropriately represented. The table of contents and index are easy to read. Major headings are included in the table of contents and subheadings are provided in the body of the text. The physical appearance of the text is excellent. Features that contribute to the text's utility are "Refreshers," materials "from the Sciences," "Questions for Review" at the end of the chapters, and the supporting bibliographies.
Assessment: This unique resource amalgamates kinematic information on the biomechanics of human movement. It is directed to individuals who are interested in studying and/or conducting research in biomechanics. To understand the content of this text, individuals should have previously studied anatomy, calculus, and matrix algebra. I would recommend the purchase of this book to its intended audience.