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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Charles E. Sisung, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This book is a compendium of the current knowledge about the biomechanics of movement control in normal persons and a reinterpretation of the neurophysiologic aspects of a disturbed motor system.
Purpose: The author, a well known physiologist, attempts an explanation of clinically-observed muscular weakness and stiffness by the application of vaguely applied biomechanical principles.
Audience: The book, which seems to be intended for clinicians, may be more appropriate for researchers of abnormal movement states.
Features: The book features an interesting table of contents; however, the chapters are loosely organized with often difficult-to-interpret illustrations. A glossary of biomechanical terms may be of interest, although its application to the muscular system is occasionally confusing.
Assessment: The book may be of curious significance to those interested in biomechanics and the concepts of inertia, resonant frequency, thixotrophy, and the plastic characteristics of muscle; however, clinical applicability will need further study.