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Mike Kleinberger
03-14-1996, 02:06 AM
>>> Timothy L. Foutz 03/14/96 08:39am >>>
Could anyone suggest a good engineering textbook for physical properties of
biological tissues such as bones and tendons. I was using Silver's text
Biological Materials: Structure, Mechnical Properties and modeling of Soft

But it is out of print.

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Dear Biomch-L:

Since this is a question which is probably of interest to many on this list, I
thought that a response to the list was appropriate. Also, I would be interested to
hear whether anyone else has other suggestions.

I am not familiar with Silver's text on this subject, but there are 3 other
references that I frequently use; unfortunately I believe 2 of them are also out of
print. I think the classic reference on this subject is probably Yamada's Strength
of Biological Materials, edited by F. Gaynor Evans and published by Williams &
Wilkins, 1970. This is a great text including test data for practically every tissue
in the body. My only criticism of this book is that the data is limited to
quasistatic testing. This book might be out of print, but I'm not sure.

Another book which I use as a reference for dynamic test data is the Handbook of
Human Tolerance by McElhaney, Roberts, and Hilyard. This book was published
by the Japan Automobile Research Institute in 1976 and, once again, is probably
also out of print.

A third reference, which I have just recently added to my library is Physical
Properties of Tissue by Francis A. Duck. I have not had this book long enough to
really make use of it, but it seems like an interesting text. In addition to
mechanical properties of the various organs in the body (tends to give data for
lots of exotic organs like the adrenal glands or cornea), he also includes other
physical properties, such as thermal, optical, acoustic, electrical, and magnetic.
This is kind of a strange text for most biomechanics needs, but I think that it is
worth keeping around. The best part of this book is that IT IS STILL IN PRINT.
The book is published by Academic Press, 1990.

Looking through my bookshelf I see one more biomaterial reference that I
personally never cared for, but I will mention it for the sake of completeness.
The book is called Biomaterials: An Introduction by Joon Bu Park, published by
Plenum Press. I bought this book in 1982 as a textbook for my first course in
biomaterials, and I don't think that I have used it since. The book is focused more
on molecular structure and biocompatibility, than on the properties of biological
tissue. There is a chapter on biological tissue, including the properties of bone
and tendon, but it is not as detailed as what you get in Yamada. I believe that this
book is still in print, but again I'm not sure.

Well that exhausts my collection of biomaterial reference books. Does anyone
else out there have any others to add to the list with a short review? Maybe
someone should write up a good review of all available biomechanics texts and
post it out on the WWW.

- Mike Kleinberger


Dr. Michael Kleinberger
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Biomechanics Research Division

E-mail: mkleinberger@nhtsa.dot.gov