Skeletal Function and Form: Mechanobiology of Skeletal Development, Aging, and Regeneration

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Overview

The intimate relationship between form and function inherent in the design of animals is perhaps nowhere more evident than in the musculoskeletal system. This book, about how function determines form, addresses the role of mechanical factors in the development, adaptation, maintenance, aging, and repair of skeletal tissues. The authors refer to this process as mechanobiology and develop their theme within an evolutionary framework. They show how degenerative disorders such as arthritis and osteoporosis are regulated by the same mechanical processes that influence normal development and growth. Skeletal Function and Form bridges important gaps among disciplines, providing a common ground for a multidisciplinary understanding.
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Editorial Reviews

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"...interesting and thought-provoking..." International Journal of Osteoarchaeology

"Overall it is a masterly treatment of the subject..." Journal of the Geological Magazine

"Excellent.... The text is concise, direct and erudite. ... This is an informative and enjoyable book..." Times Higher Education Supplement

"A terrific job...the authors have admirably achieved their ambitious objective of 'bridging important gaps between disciplines in a manner that will provide common ground for understanding and future investigation' by providing a 'single source in which these ideas are summarized'...I believe that all readers with an interest in skeletal form and function will gain new understanding of the possible roles of physical forces in skeletal tissue processes, will have ideas about new hypotheses to pose and test, and will be drawn to wonder about the physical, biological, and evolutionary mechanisms responsible for skeletal tissue function and form." Journal of Biomechanics

"A very detailed treatment of skeletal tissues and developmental mechanics. It is perfectly suited for students of functional anatomy or bioengineering, and those engaged in applied biomedical pursuits.... Skeletal Function and Form is a beautifully executed book that sticks to the point and makes its case. The reader is treated to a solid base of information that clarifies how mechanical factors impact development, and how function determines form. The book is well written and wonderfully illustrated, and it deserves a home on the bookshelf of anyone curious about the structure of the vertebrate skeleton." Palaios

"Technical and authoritative. It will be particularly useful to researchers and graduate students one step removed in their direct research interests from the topics covered. Readers interested in the mechanics of bone and cartilage as tissues will certainly find this a valuable resource." Richard J. Smith, American Journal of Human Biology

"The preface to Skeletal Function and Form states that the main goal of the book is to demonstrate that function determines form. In a wide variety of ways, the authors succeed admirably.... This book also has appeal for students of many biological disciplines because of the emphasis on evolutionary changes that affect organisms at many taxonomic levels.... It is at a level of sophistication and covers its intended ground in sufficient depth for serious students of biomechanics, evolutionary biology, and skeletal development and growth. As a functional morphologist, human anatomist, evolutionist, and vertebrate paleontologist, I found many answers to important questions that I have not seen addressed elsewhere, particularly discussed in a comparative, functional, and evolutionary context in a single location. I recommend the book as an excellent reference and an enjoyable read!" Journal of Mammalogy

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Anyone who is interested in any aspect of skeletal disorders and injuries can feel deeply indebted to these two fine authors for providing us with complete coverage and facilitating a clear understanding of the complex, sophisticated field of bioengineering and its related field of mechanobiology. I am confident that this outstanding book will become a classic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521790000
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/18/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Form and function; 2. Skeletal tissue histomorphology and mechanics; 3. Cartilage differentiation and growth; 4. Perichondral and periosteal ossification; 5. Endochondral growth and ossification; 6. Cancellous bone; 7. Skeletal tissue regeneration; 8. Articular cartilage development and destruction; 9. Mechanobiology in skeletal evolution; 10. The physical nature of living things; Appendix A. Material characteristics; Appendix B. Structural characteristics; Appendix C. Failure characteristics; Index.
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