This classic book is accepted internationally as the standard treatment of the mechanical properties of biological fluids, solids, tissues and organs. It is used widely as both a reference and textbook in this rapidly-growing field. Biomechanics presents a general outline of the discipline, with applications to bioengineering, physiology, medicine and surgery. The second edition reflects the broad advances that have been made in this field during the past decade, and adds numerous new topics. References have been brought up to date, and the widely-praised emphasis on formulating and solving problems has been strengthened with numerous new problems. This book begins with a unique historical introduction to the field of biomechanics, followed by a vital chapter which relates the definitions and vocabulary of applied mechanics to biological tissues. These tools are then used to treat in detail the mechanical properties of blood, including blood cells and vessels. The remaining chapters discuss the viscoelastic properties of biological fluids and solids, as well as the mechanics of muscle, bone and connective tissue.
This book brings a mechanics approach to understanding the physiology of circulation, including fluid flow, vascular mechanics, and heart mechanics. It is designed to help students develop a mechanics-based approach to understanding blood flow. It mixes fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and the structure and properties of the circulatory system into a well-integrated text. The author has achieved his goals exceedingly well in this text. The audience is primarily senior undergraduate and first-year graduate biomedical engineering students, but the book will also have wide appeal for researchers and scientists seeking to understand and study the mechanics of circulation. The author is clearly a leader in the field and has an outstanding international reputation for his abilities and knowledge in this field. The book has many figures and illustrations that greatly assist in presenting ideas and data to support the development of mechanics concepts. The references are somewhat dated, but nonetheless they are relevant to the information presented. This is a high-quality text. It is my belief that this text, along with Fung's other texts, will be required reading for those interested in the biomechanics of the body. He brings together two disparate bodies of knowledge -- physiology and fluid mechanics -- into a single well-written text. I highly recommend this text for researchers and students in biomedical engineering, for libraries associated with medical and health sciences, and for engineering school libraries.