Retrospective evaluation highlights the shortcomings of present-day efforts in analyses, particularly in clinical applicability. The load-deformation behaviour of the soft tissues is non-linear and time dependent, and it now seems clear that present attempts to describe the biomechanical behaviour of such living entities in terms of the mathematical concepts and techniques used for non-biological materials have failed.
A reorientation to alternative formulations requiring more effective collaboration between experimentalists and mathematicians than before is necessary to produce genuine progress. Hopefully this will go hand in hand with the re-establishment of the clinical problems of the human patient as both the start and the ultimate aim of all research.
KeywordsBiomechanical Behaviour Living Entity Skin Tension Generalize Functional Form Imperial Academy
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