Frontiers in Biomechanics

  • G. W. Schmid-Schönbein
  • S. L-Y. Woo
  • B. W. Zweifach

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Molecules and Cells

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. E. A. Evans
      Pages 3-17
    3. T. Y. Wu
      Pages 18-32
    4. G. W. Schmid-Schönbein, R. Skalak, S. Chien
      Pages 33-47
  3. Biological Tissues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. J. M. Price
      Pages 51-61
    3. H. Y.-L. Chen, E. F. Owens Jr.
      Pages 62-76
    4. J. G. Pinto
      Pages 77-85
    5. P. H. Chew, S. L. Zeger, F. C. P. Yin
      Pages 86-97
    6. C. J. Chuong, Y. C. Fung
      Pages 117-129
  4. Orthopedics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. V. C. Mow, M. K. Kwan, W. M. Lai, M. H. Holmes
      Pages 153-179
    3. S. L.-Y. Woo
      Pages 180-195
    4. A. I. King, K.-H. Yang
      Pages 210-224
    5. E. Y. S. Chao
      Pages 225-244
    6. A. V. Viidik, F. Gottrup
      Pages 263-279
  5. Circulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. B. W. Zweifach
      Pages 283-298
    3. R. Skalak, N. Özkaya, T. W. Secomb
      Pages 299-313
    4. R. M. Nerem, M. J. Levesque, M. Sato
      Pages 324-341
  6. The Lung

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. J. S. Lee
      Pages 353-364
    3. Y. Seguchi, Y. C. Fung, T. Ishida
      Pages 377-391
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 393-397

About this book


Biomechanics is concerned with the response of living matter to forces, and its study has taken long strides in recent years. In the past two decades, biomechanics has brought improved understanding of normal and patho­ physiology of organisms at molecular, cellular, and organ levels; it has helped developing medical diagnostic and treatment procedures; it has guided the design and manufacturing of prosthesis and instruments; it has suggested the means for improving human performance in the workplace, sports, and space; it has made us understand trauma in war and in peace. Looking toward the future, we see many more areas of possible development such as: reduction in heart diseases and atherosclerosis improved vascular assist and replacement devices, including a permanent artifical heart enhanced oxygen transport in the lung understanding and control of growth and changes mechanics of neuromuscular control and robotics prevention of joint degeneration permanent total joint replacements prevention of low back pain workplace designs to enhance productivity ambulation systems for the handicapped fully implantable hearing aids improved understanding of the mechanisms for permanent disability injuries identification of factors such as alcohol use and disease influence on impact tolerance improved cellular bioreactor designs mechanics of DNA and its application in biotechnology. * Obviously, the attainment of these prospects will greatly improve the quality of human life and reduce the costs of living. * This list is from a report by the U. S. National Committee on Biomechanics, April, 1985.


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Editors and affiliations

  • G. W. Schmid-Schönbein
    • 1
  • S. L-Y. Woo
    • 2
  • B. W. Zweifach
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences—BioengineeringUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Division of Orthopedics and RehabilitationUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA

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