Lawrence Patrick, a biomechanics professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, studies how the human body responds in a car crash -- by using himself as a test subject. His research includes taking some 400 rides in a sled that violently brakes to simulate a collision, as well as absorbing blows to the chest from a 22-pound pendulum.
* More about Patrick: @
* 2006 obituary: @
* More about Wayne State research: @
* Segment on Patrick in "Tested on Humans" (British documentary): @
* Impact Damage to Internal Organs" (1961 paper co-authored by Patrick): @
* "The Evolution of the Crash Test Dummy": @