Variation with age and sex in strength of the femur

Mather B.S. (1968) Variation with age and sex in strength of the femur. Medical & Biological Engineering, 6 2: 129-132. doi:10.1007/BF02474265


Author Mather B.S.
Title Variation with age and sex in strength of the femur
Journal name Medical & Biological Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-696X
Publication date 1968
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF02474265
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 129
End page 132
Total pages 4
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject 2700 Medicine
Abstract Variation in dimensions and mechanical properties of the femur was examined in relation to variation in age and sex of the subject. One hundred and forty-five fresh, adult femora were studied. Mean values are given of the breaking load of the femur and the tensile strength of the femoral compact bone for members of each sex. The mean breaking load of the femora of female subjects is less than that of male subjects, and it is concluded that this difference is due to the smaller dimensions of the female skeleton; mechanical deterioration of bone tissue is responsible for reduction in strength of the femur with increasing age of the subject. It is suggested that factors other than increase in porosity are responsible for reduction in tensile strength of compact bone.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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