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on 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As a whole the book feels slightly out of date.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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on 7 August 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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