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ABSTRACT: This paper presents a statistical analysis of the pooled data from a number of previous experiments concerning the dependence of the Young's moduli and strength of cancellous bone tissue upon apparent density. The results show that both the Young's moduli and the strength are proportional to the square of apparent density of the tissue and are therefore proportional to one another. It is shown that the coefficient of proportionality is different for human and bovine tissue. It is concluded that the suggestion of Wolff (Das Gesetz der Transformation der Knochen, Hirschwald, Berlin, 1892) that compact bone tissue is simply more dense cancellous bone tissue is not an accurate statement when only the mechanical properties of these two tissues are considered. It is noted that estimates for the elastic modulus of the individual trabecula of human cancellous bone vary from 1 to 20 GPa and it is suggested that this question needs further study.