In Feb. 1977, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) initiated a new journal to reflect the new field of biomechanical engineering—hence, the origins of the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. As laid out in the opening comments by the Founding Editor, Dr. John A. Brighton, the objective of the Journal was to serve as an excellent forum for the literature in biomechanical engineering. At that time, biomechanical engineering was very much device- and applications-oriented and equally concerned with seeking new understanding of the behavior of living systems. Thus, the Journal included topics on design of new devices, research for establishing fundamental system behavior, application of known methods to new concerns in the field of health care, and simulation of systems to obtain a better understanding of system behavior. In the subsequent thirty-five years of publication, these fundamental tenets have largely remained intact. More importantly, there...

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