9R74. Cardiovascular Solid Mechanics: Cells, Tissues, and Organs. - JD Humphrey (Dept of Biomed Eng, Texas A&M Univ, College Station TX 77843-3120). Springer-Verlag, New York. 2002. 757 pp. ISBN 0-387-95168-7. $99.00.

Reviewed by M Epstein (Dept of Mech Eng, Univ of Calgary, 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary AB, T2N 1N4, Canada).

Ambitious both in scope and depth, this book constitutes a remarkable achievement. Predicated on the principle that the next generation of biomechanicists should be as proficient in Continuum Mechanics as in Biology and in formulating simple models from raw experiments, this 750-page book attempts to encompass the necessary combined background in one volume suitable for use as a text. It is divided into three parts.

The first part, occupying roughly a third of the book and entitled Foundations, can be considered as an almost stand-alone textbook in Continuum Mechanics and the Finite Element Method. Keeping in mind the...

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