July 17, 1981

Human Walking

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School Chicago


by Verne T. Inman, Henry J. Ralston, and Frank Todd, 154 pp, with illus, $25, Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1981.

JAMA. 1981;246(3):282-283. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320030066040

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In 150 easy-to-read pages, Dr Inman and his colleagues have condensed a vast amount of experimental data and knowledge about human gait. For 30 years, Dr Inman has been immersed in productive biomechanical research at the University of California. His contributions with regard to the functional anatomy of the ankle are well known and appreciated.

The introduction to the publication Human Walking should be read by all clinical and research scientists interested in human ambulation. There has recently been an upsurge of research in human gait, and the basic experimental and practical information in the subsequent five chapters should be carefully reviewed as a background for future research, utilizing advanced computerization and electronics.

The kinesiology of functional gait is covered in the chapters "Kinetics," "Kinematics," "Energy Consumption," and "Muscle Function." The figures are mostly diagrammatic, illustrating the text material in a simple manner.

The chapter "Implications and Applications" applies the