Scientists and clinicians who want to broaden their understanding of the musculoskeletal
system should read this book, whether their patients are top-placed
marathon runners or persons for whom taking ten steps out of bed is a marathon.
As a society, we are very accustomed to the visible functions of muscle, fat,
bone, and connective tissue. We frequently refer to the musculoskeletal system
when describing a person — frail, strong, brittle-boned, big, lean, short, agile,
muscular, skinny, fit, and so on.