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Jonathan Black
11-16-2009, 08:35 AM
Dear Fellow Biomech-L list Readers:

I'm pleased to announce the availability of a new book: Orthopaedic
Research: Why? What? How?

You may obtain it from http://www.lulu.com in a (print on demand)
bound version or as a download.
(Noncommercial note: This publication is made possible through the
generosity of Stryker Orthopaedics and the Homer Stryker Center -
however, it contains no advertising and is all my own work. I
gratefully acknowledge the enormous efforts of Kate Matthews and her
co-workers at Stryker in bringing it to birth! I enjoy a modest
license fee, unrelated to the number of copies sold).

ORWWH is a vade mecum, a simple guidebook on how to do research, from
initial steps of asking questions and formulating hypotheses to
dealing with critical letters from the editor as you struggle to have
your results published. A final brief section outlines some
challenging, as yet unanswered, questions.

It is intended for students primarily, in physical and biological
sciences and medicine, but may prove useful to workers without formal
research training who become involved in Orthopaedic research later in
their careers. The examples are drawn largely from my experiences
over the past 45+ years in research and education in the field of
Orthopaedic Biomaterials but the principles elucidated are, I think,
of significant generality.

The work contains the following sections:




How to Read a Research Paper

Asking questions

Experimental Design

In vitro models

In vivo models

Clinical studies

Some Ideas About Statistics

Research Proposal and Protocol

Research Notebook

Standard Operating Practices

Research Report



Ten Questions

I hope that you enjoy this book and, as always, I encourage your
comments, both positive and negative.
Please forward this email to any colleagues not on this listserv whom
you think may be interested in this work.

Jonathan Black PhD FBSE
Hunter Professor Emeritus of Bioengineering
Clemson University

409 Dorothy Drive
King of Prussia, PA 19406-2004
mailto: black.jonathan1@gmail.com

"No data is identically equal to no data. Thus, absence of evidence
is not evidence of absence." ---Anonymous