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    Dear Biomch-l readers,

    The following posting was distributed on Biomch-l at the beginning of the
    summer holiday which may explain why no response was posted onto the list.
    Earlier this week, mr Zordan terminated his subscription to BIOMCH-L, possibly
    because of disappointment on the number of responses directly received (I did
    not check this with him, though).

    While BIOMCH-L is intended for academic exchange of information, a direct Call
    for Help of this nature warrants special attention. May I call upon all of you,
    therefore, to look into Mr Zordan's query, and to send him a direct reply on his

    Thanks for your attention -- Herman J. Woltring.


    Date: Thu, 6 Jul 89 11:30:00 N
    Subject: question

    I am not directly involved in biomechanics, but I am interested in the field
    as I have a 75% impairment in limb movement. The nature of the impairment is
    trauma at the level of the 4th cervical vertebra due to an accident. In prac-
    tice my problem is thus the absence of impulses from the CNS directed to my
    peripheral muscles (some vegetative functions have also been affected).
    My question is: does anybody know of new discoveries in the field of biomecha-
    nichs related to electronic devices studied to deliver impulses, at will,
    to limbs and extremities so as to recover at least part of the motility ?
    I'm asking this because I think I've heard news of the existence of a gadget
    of this type.... If true is it still in the purely experimental stage ??
    I would really be greatful for any useful information.

    Thank you -- Mauro A. Zordan
    University of Padova
    Department of Biology