Glad we sorted that one out then, the tensile strength of our skin

Tuesday, 5 March, 2013

The tensile strength of human skin has recently been gauged, thanks to tests on cadavers:

The first detailed study of skin strength was carried out in the 1860s by Karl Langer, an Austrian anatomist working in Vienna. He mapped the natural lines of tension within skin by puncturing the skin on a cadaver with a circular tool and then measuring the shape of the resulting hole. The tension within the skin makes these holes elliptical in a direction parallel to the tension. Consequently, a simple measurement of the orientation of these ellipses allowed Langer to map out lines of force in the skin over the entire body. Today, these lines are known as Langer lines.

I would like to think that our skin is strong enough and serves its purpose… without subjecting it to extremes of force or treatment.

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