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Introduction to Ergonomics, Second Edition Hardcover – 10 Apr 2003

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  • Hardcover: 568 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 2 edition (10 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415273781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415273787
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 17.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,723,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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" - Ergonomics, Vol. 47, Issue 11, 2004 "The fact that the Introduction to Ergonomics is a second edition, suggests Bridger has succeeded in providing a reference textbook needed by students and which their lecturers recommendThere are also some useful brief overviews research issues at the end of each chapter and some essays and exercises that should ease the load of those who teach ergonomicsone of the particularly useful areas is the addition of guidance on standardsThe book should be invaluable for all students of ergonomics and covers the breadth of topics required by the various registration bodies." -Occupational Health Review, Issue 116, July/August 2005

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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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Format: Hardcover
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As a whole the book feels slightly out of date.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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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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