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Historical Perspective: Giovanni Alfonso Borelli: “Father of Spinal Biomechanics”

Provencher, Matthew T. MD; Abdu, William A. MD

Historical Perspective

The first modern textbook on spinal biomechanics was written by Giovanni Alfonso Borelli in 1680. A mathematician, astronomer, and physicist by trade, Borelli became consumed in the physical laws of nature and the human body. His work served as a monumental contribution to ascertain, in depth and with undiminished accuracy, the basic biomechanical principles of the human body.

From the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire.

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