The British Army's stubborn attachment to the bayonet survived up to and beyond the Second World War, even though the trusty weapon had long been superseded by more technologically complex means of killing. The weapon's use was encouraged more for psychological than practical reasons, since efficient skill in the bayonet, in the words of the author of this wartime booklet 'develops a high standard of co-ordination between mind and muscular action, a fine sense of control, a quick eye and an ever-aggressive spirit'. The booklet covers 'pointing' and parrying, the stabbing of dummy sacks 'and constructing a bayonet assault course. It is an excellent introduction to the raw and aggressive 'spirit of the bayonet'.
This manual provides technical protocols for musculoskeletal research on a translational basis, i.e. a disease-orientated approach. It offers guidance on various laboratory techniques, including cell culture and molecular biology, histology and histomorphometry, microscopy and bioimaging, laboratory animal models, CT- and MRI-based densitometry and microarchitectural analysis, biomechanics and functional analysis of orthopedic kinesiology, etc. The content is simple and straightforward, with illustrations and step-by-step procedures as an easy experimental reference for personnel in basic and clinical musculoskeletal research and education. This book will provide a unique multidisciplinary platform for various professions - not only orthopedics, but also biomedical engineering and biomaterial sciences - involving both basic and clinical medicine.
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