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Physical properties of materials in the human body

  1. Feb 14, 2017 #1
    I am looking for resources on the physical properties of the various components that make up the human body.

    As an example of what I am looking for; If we look at the finger, we know it has bones, skins, nails, blood etc. What are the various physical properties of these different parts (electromagnetic properties, mechanical properties etc)?

    I am looking for resources on this.
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    You'll probably have better luck if you search by the specific property that you're interested in and refine the search by various tissues rather than "body parts."
  4. Feb 14, 2017 #3
    Yeah, my phasing was poor. I did not mean the properies of the arm or the head. I am essentially looking for resources that tells me:
    1) The physical properties of various tissues
    2) Where in the body these tissues can be found
  5. Feb 14, 2017 #4


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  6. Feb 14, 2017 #5

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    @berkeman contribution will help zero in on what you may mean. But what do you mean by 'physical properties'? Biophysics covers what I am guessing you want: example Young's modulus for bones. https://www.doitpoms.ac.uk/tlplib/bones/bone_mechanical.php

    Physical properties like density of bone, etc., change with age, disease, nutrition, and environmental factors. It is not like building material you buy at the lumber yard. In short, from an engineer's point of view, it could be a nightmare. Physicians expect huge differences and know how to deal with it on a daily basis.

    Instead of asking for properties, pretend you don't quite know what you need. Which might be sort of correct, I don't know.

    Tell us what you are trying to do

    Somebody here will know to do it. I don't think an anatomy text will get you very far for some kinds of investigations. You'll be surprised how the topic can veer off from where you think it ought to be going.

    PS: anatomy books are great. Period. Get one, no matter what you are doing with human Biology.
  7. Feb 15, 2017 #6
    You need to be much more specific in what your query/question is, or we're not going to be able to help you..

  8. Feb 15, 2017 #7


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    @Avatrin -- So have a look at the table of contents of the Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) book that I posted earlier. You will see that you first learn about the different kinds of cells in the human body, and then you learn how the different cells are put together to form different kinds of tissues (like muscles and bones). And then you learn how all of that goes together to form the different systems in the human body. It sounds like you could get a lot out of a book like this.

    Also, this particular A&P book is written for Paramedics and other Emergency Responders, so it contains sidebars along the way explaining the Pathophysiology of the different building blocks and systems in the body. That means it discusses the different ways things can go wrong (through disability, injury, illness, etc.), and the ways to address those Pathophysiologies. That may also be important in helping to answer your questions.

    (BTW -- This particular book is a very inexpensive soft cover version, and I highly recommend it)

    AnP ToC Paramedic Edition.jpg
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