View Full Version : Does anyone know of good, comprehensive,biomechanics reference books ?

Cheryl Pattin
01-24-2001, 09:04 AM
Hi, biomech-l folks:

I am working as a forensic engineer and I need to buy a few reference texts that will allow me to perform
quick on-site research on various biomechanics topics (carpal tunnel, rotator cuff tears, wrist crushing
injuries, and whiplash are among the topics that have come up in the time I've been here). I am
being viewed as a general biomechanics resource and I don't want to disappoint.

So, the question I want to throw out there (as usual, I'll post the responses I receive back to the list)
is: Does anyone out there know how to obtain a comprehensive general biomechanics text
(or a few if need be) that can address the following:

- failure loads and modes for various musculoskeletal systems (my background is in biological materials,
but I need to understand how and at what level a shoulder or neck might fail or how a given
repetitive motion injury is commonly caused, for example)

- anatomy relevant to human injury in traumatic or repetitive motion environments (e.g., the ones most
likely to result in litigation or a disputed insurance claim, either of which brings them across my desk)

- effects of anatomical variability on the outcome of adverse loading (e.g., wrist thickness and effects it
may have on carpal tunnel syndrome)

I have a pretty good command of web surfing for more current literature (using resources like MEDLINE, etc.)
and I can order papers with a few days' delay, but what I'm looking for is a way to gain pretty rapid access to
comprehensive biomechanical analyses (especially as applied to human trauma).

I have seen similar questions asking for leads on biomechanics texts and the like,
but I don't remember a reference book discussion. Just let me know if I'm covering
well-trod ground here. If you all know of any such references, I'd love to hear about them.

I am aware that phrases like 'failure' often have dubious and contradictory definitions, but even a
discussion of the problems defining such a failure would be helpful. I'm also aware that such books
are going to be a few years (at least) behind current understanding and relevant debates, but a quick
overview of the fairly recent past would be more than enough.

Thanks for any leads you may be able to provide.


Cheryl A. Pattin, Ph.D.
Senior Mechanical and Biomechanical Engineer
Triodyne, Inc.
5950 West Touhy Avenue
Niles, IL 60714-4610
phone: (847) 677-4730
FAX: (847) 647-2047
E-mail: cherylp@triodyne.com

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