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    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 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

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