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Introduction To Ergonomics [Paperback]

R.S. Bridger
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1 Jan 1995
This comprehensive, engineering-oriented text is aimed at the introductory course in ergonomics usually required of industrial engineering majors. Such a course is also taught in psychology. The book should also appeal to courses in biomechanics. The text provides an excellent blend of the physical techniques and the cognitive aspects of ergonomics and features many practical cases and examples and instructive illustrations.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education; International edition edition (1 Jan 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071132945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071132947
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,220,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"well written and full of up-to-date examples and analogies. [It] has a good mixture of basic and more detailed information that can be used as reference material. It is a very good teaching aid . The suggested essays and exercises are invaluable and will help the novice to think in an applied manner. All in all, I would recommend this book to all wannabe ergonomists." - Ergonomics, Vol. 47, Issue 11, 2004 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This instructors manual provides comprehensive answers to all the questions set at the end of each chapter of Introduction to Ergonomics. It goes on to provide guidance on teaching and assessment.. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, disorganised ergonomic perpective 10 May 2006
This book is OK. It could be a lot better. It covers a lot of ground, from anthropometric principles through to repetitive tasks, work capacity, human computer interaction and social aspects. Inevitably, Robert Bridger is not an expert in all these areas, and it shows - some chapters are better than others.

My particular gripe is that the layout of each chapter is disorganised, so that I'm not sure where it is going, or why certain things appear under certain headings. Related topics pop up scattered throughout a chapter (or sometimes chapters), rather than being discussed in a logical sequence.

As a whole the book feels slightly out of date. Despite fairly recent research being quoted, most examples are from the 80s and 90s. This is evident in discussions on musculoskeletal disorders. It takes a medical model whilst highlighting the link between compensation culture and RSI related claims. It doesn't mention psychological aspects of RSI at all, and also doesn't include interventions such as stretching, exercise, physio etc.

In other ways it is quite a good book, often going into a lot of detail about e.g. disorder classifications. However, I don't feel it is particularly comprehensive (i.e. not good at taking different perspectives). Input from experts from different disciplines plus some serious editing could make this book a lot better. Maybe for the 3rd edition?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introductory text 7 Aug 2007
I found Robert Bridger's book to be an excellent introduction to the fundamental principles of ergonomics. I particularly like the way he has given the different areas of ergonomics equal attention, and not just focused on his own particular areas of interest! It's good to have such a comprehensive introductory text so readily available. Great value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written 4 Sep 2007
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Very much liked the author's writing style. Easy to follow, and yet still goes into fairly deep technical detail. Best Human Factors/Ergonomics textbook I've read.
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