Preface.- Motion.- Segmental Motion and Vibrations.-External Flow: Fluid Dynamic Forces Acting on Moving Bodies.-Flying and Swimming.- Blood Flow in Heart, Lung, Arteries and Veins.- Micro- and Macrocirculation.- Respiratory Gas Flow.-Basic Transport Equations According to Thermodynamics, Molecular Diffusion, Mechanisms in Membranes and Multiphasic Structure.- Mass Transport in Capillaries, Tissues, Interstitial Space, Lymphatics, Indicator Dilution Method, and Peristalsis.-Description of Internal Deformation and Forces.- Stress, Strain, and Stability of Organs.- Strength, Trauma and Tolerance.- Biochemical Aspects of Growth and Tissue Engineering.- Author Index.- Subject Index.
Biomechanics aims to explain the mechanics oflife and living. From molecules to organisms, everything must obey the laws of mechanics. Clarification of mechanics clarifies many things. Biomechanics helps us to appreciate life. It sensitizes us to observe nature. It is a tool for design and invention of devices to improve the quality of life. It is a useful tool, a simple tool, a valuable tool, an unavoidable tool. It is a necessary part of biology and engineering. The method of biomechanics is the method of engineering, which consists of observation, experimentation, theorization, validation, and application. To understand any object, we must know its geometry and materials of construc tion, the mechanical properties of the materials involved, the governing natural laws, the mathematical formulation of specific problems and their solutions, and the results of validation. Once understood, one goes on to develop applications. In my plan to present an outline of biomechanics, I followed the engineering approach and used three volumes. In the first volume, Biomechanics: Mechanical Properties of Living Tissues, the geometrical struc ture and the rheological properties of various materials, tissues, and organs are presented. In the second volume, Biodynamics: Circulation, the physiology of blood circulation is analyzed by the engineering method.
Biomechanics: Motion, Flow, Stress, and Growth concludes the seminal
trilogy of Y.C. Fung, the world's premiere authority on biomechanics.
As in the first two volumes--Biomechanics: Mechanical Properties of
Living Tissues and Biomechanics: Circulation--Fung articulates
physiological phenomena from the perspective of classical engineering.
Each volume stands alone as a comprehensive survey of the field, but
also complements Fung's extended discussion. Problem sets are included
to stimulate thought and discussion among advanced undergraduates,
graduate students, and others with an interest in bioengineering and