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David P. Dillard
05-15-2002, 01:44 PM
Here is what I believe to be a more complete list of the publications in
which Mel Siff has participated, assuming that there is no other M. Siff
publishing in the area of physiology and biomechanics:

Borkon L. Baird DM. Siff M. Tobacco smoking among students at the
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. [Journal Article] South
African Medical Journal. 64(21):809-12, 1983 Nov 12. South African Medical
Journal

Borkon L. Baird DM. Siff M. Tobacco smoking among students at the
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. [Journal Article] South
African Medical Journal. 64(21):809-12, 1983 Nov 12. South African Medical
Journal

Arce, J., Haupt, H.A., Irwin, K.D., Ohle, J., Palmieri, J., Siff, M.
Training variation. [Article] National Strength & Conditioning Association
journal 12(4), Aug/Sept 1990, 14-24

Siff, M. Electrical stimulation, physical conditioning and muscle
development. [Audiovisual Material] NSCA Australasia Sydney, 1988, 1 sound
cassette.

Siff, M. The science of sports specific circuit training. [Audiovisual
Material] NSCA Australasia Sydney, 1988, 1 sound cassette.

Siff, M. The wealth of isometrics. [Article] Fitness and sports review
international 27(3), June 1992, 93-94

Siff, M. The myth of isolation. [Article] Fitness and sports review
international 27(4), Aug 1992, 123

Siff, M. The concept of symmetric training. [Article] Fitness and sports
review international 27(3), June 1992, 76-77

Siff, M. The cardiovascular doctrine. [Article] Fitness and sports review
international 27(4), Aug 1992, 112-113

Siff, M. Sugar for energy? [Article] Fitness and sports review
international 27(3), June 1992, 99

Siff, M., Gordon, K., Cloidt, S. Strength/flexibility development through
PNF. [Videotape] National Strength and Conditioning Association Lincoln,
Neb., c1989, 1 videocassette : sd., col.; 167 min.

Siff, M. Strength training and muscle tension. [Article] Fitness and
sports review international 27(2), Apr 1992, 45

Siff, M. Safety in the health club. [Article] Fitness and sports review
international 27(4), Aug 1992, 126

Siff, M. Rules of treatment. [Article] Fitness and sports review
international 27(4), Aug 1992, 111

Siff, M. Pelvic tilt? [Article] Fitness and sports review international
27(4), Aug 1992, 130

Siff, M. Oxygen debt? [Article] Fitness and sports review international
27(3), June 1992, 94

Siff, M. Nutrition for performance. [Article] Fitness and sports review
international 27(3), June 1992, 89-90

Siff, M. Muscles may not protect. [Article] Fitness and sports review
international 27(3), June 1992, 84

Siff, M. Lifting, belts and breathing. [Article] Fitness and sports review
international 27(4), Aug 1992, 125-126

Siff, M. Is seated exercise safer? [Article] Fitness and sports review
international 27(3), June 1992, 90

Siff, M. Is lactic acid a toxin? [Article] Fitness and sports review
international 27(4), Aug 1992, 136

Siff, M. Hybrid exercises. [Article] Fitness and sports review
international 27(2), Apr 1992, 58-59

Siff, M. How hard are you training? [Article] Fitness and sports review
international 27(3), June 1992, 77

Siff, M. High carbohydrate diets and slimming. [Article] Fitness and
sports review international 27(4), Aug 1992, 133

Siff, M. Foot mechanics. [Article] Fitness and sports review international
27(4), Aug 1992, 137-138

Siff, M. Bodybuilding anorexia? [Article] Fitness and sports review
international 27(4), Aug 1992, 119

Siff, M. Applications of electrostimulation in physical conditioning: a
review. [Article] Journal of applied sport science research 4(1), Feb/Mar
1990, 20-26

Siff, M. A flat back. [Article] Fitness and sports review international
27(3), June 1992, 88

Comments:

I this week posted to several groups about a wonderful website in Tourism
that has a major amount of information about countries in the area of
tourism and other areas of information regarding those countries.

worldinformation.com


On the DIG-REF discussion group an Australian Librarian chastised me for
posting such a site that had so little information as she had checked the
material for Australia and it had only one very brief page of Key Facts.
Stunned I quickly responded that I had used India for my example and found
many pages of material. Then getting perturbed, I went to the website and
checked Australia and found the same wealth of material. I posted a
detailed contents list for Australia content to the DIG-REF list but in
the meantime, the original poster, our Australian librarian reposted and
indicated that the tool she had used was Netscape 4.7 and the links to all
of the country content were not visable in the Netscape browser that she
had used, while Opera browser users and Internet Explorer users had no
problem viewing the site.

Similarly, software deficient and challenged web based free versions of
databases like PubMed, as compared to database services like First Search
of OCLC or OVID or SilverPlatter or DIALOG, now owned by Thompson's of
Canada, are of no comparison in their ability to find information in a
database. Furthermore, other databases besides Medline need to be checked
to insure a more complete list of material on a subject or in this case
by an author and these additional databases may be found only in
commercial database searching services like those mentioned above.
Besides Medline, databases like Sports Discus, CINAHL (Combined Index to
Nursing and Allied Health), Health Star (OVID has the only up to date
version of this), International Pharmaceutical Abstracts and PreMedline
may need to be checked depending on the topic and this is by no means the
complete list of possible databases for medical or biomechanics resources.
Check this website for a list of databases that are available in the
Dialog searching service alone in the field of medicine.

Databases by Subject Category:
Science - Medicine & Biosciences
http://library.dialog.com/bluesheets/html/bls0019.html#SB0019

Now for those interested in the website on tourism that I used to
illustrate the issue of what one can and cannot find depending on the
tools used, here is a URL to a newsletter that contains that post.

AIB Worldwide Community Tues., May 14 2002 Volume 05 : Number 208
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/intlbiz/message/12172

I hope that this helps to clarify the picture regarding the publication
record of Mel Siff and also explains a bit about the difference between
some free databases on the web versus the commercial database products
some of which are provided for those affiliated with colleges and
universities by those institutions for the use of their members.


Sincerely,
David Dillard
Temple University
(215) 204 - 4584
jwne@astro.temple.edu

On Wed, 15 May 2002, Jim Martin wrote:

> Dear Biomechers:
>
> Like many of you, I have read with occasional amusement the posts by Melvin
> Siff. In a recent post "Science Proves Anything It Desire?" he wrote that
> the "...the incidence of this sort of science (i.e., self-fulfilling)
> is extensive enough as to taint our profession..." I found this statement
> quite bold and was intrigued enough to see what type of research Dr.
> Siff has performed. I assumed that anyone who would make such a bold
> statement must have a research record that was beyond reproach. I was,
> therefore, quite surprised that a PubMed search turned up only two
> publications:
> Borkon L, Baird DM, Siff M. Tobacco smoking among students at the
> University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
> S Afr Med J. 1983 Nov 12;64(21):809-12.
> Cohen I, Siff MC. Increased safety in the rugby scrum. S Afr Med J. 1979
> Oct 13;56(16):625. No abstract available.
> This was particularly surprising considering that Dr. Siff's bio lists him
> as "a sports scientist and biomechanist with a PhD in physiology
> (specializing in biomechanics)" yet he has produced no original research in
> the peer reviewed literature in the last 19 years.
>
> This seemingly incongruous combination of almost no research publications
> and bold criticism of the work of scientists reminds me of two quotes:
> "If you haven't done the research yourself, the most you can know is what
> the questions are" (Ed Coyle, my advisor for my Masters).
> "It's easier to be a critic than a craftsman" (original author unknown but
> this quote was often used by my mom).
>
> My point? I guess it is this: It is acceptable to criticize the research of
> others but ONLY IF you are willing to do the work necessary to refute their
> studies. Then you can point out the flaws of previous research in your
> discussion section in the context of why your results differ from those
> previously reported. Otherwise, such criticism will just make you sound
> like a radio talk show host who casts doubt on things that he/she can't
> even understand. Lastly, while many studies do contain flaws, it is
> important to remain optimistic and "look for the pony" (i.e. look for that
> which is worthwhile). I will now step down off of my soap box.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Jim
>
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