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Skeletal Function and Form

Skeletal Function and Form

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Dennis R. Carter, Gary S. Beaupré
Cambridge University Press, 25/01/2001
EAN 9780521790000, ISBN10: 052179000X

Paperback, 332 pages, 25.3 x 17.7 x 1.9 cm

The intimate relationship between form and function inherent in the design of animals is perhaps nowhere more evident than in the musculoskeletal system. In the bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and muscles of all vertebrates there is a graceful and efficient physical order. This book is about how function determines form. It addresses the role of mechanical factors in the development, adaptation, maintenance, ageing and repair of skeletal tissues. The authors refer to this process as mechanobiology and develop their theme within an evolutionary framework. They show how the normal development of skeletal tissues is influenced by mechanical stimulation beginning in the embryo and continuing throughout life into old age. They also show how degenerative disorders such as arthritis and osteoporosis are regulated by the same mechanical processes that influence development and growth. Skeletal Function and Form bridges important gaps among disciplines, providing a common ground for understanding, and will appeal to a wide audience of bioengineers, zoologists, anthropologists, palaeontologists and orthopaedists.

'... readers with an interest in skeletal form and function will gain new understanding of the possible roles of physical forces in skeletal tissue processes ... and will be drawn to wonder about the physical, biological, and evolutionary mechanisms responsive for skeletal tissue function and form.' Richard T. Hart, Journal of Biomechanics