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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: The authors present a very useful summary of osteopathic manipulative indications and therapies for practicing primary care physicians. The format makes it easy to use as a reference.
Purpose: The authors readily admit that integrating manipulative therapy into a busy practice can be difficult and they attempt to offer a simple solution. Their objective of putting manipulative treatment back into the hands of all osteopathic physicians is a worthy one and the authors have taken a very practical approach to achieve that end.
Audience: This book is written for primary care practitioners who wish to include manipulative therapy in their busy daily practice. It is also a quite useful reference for students. The authors are well known practicing and teaching osteopathic physicians.
Features: Each chapter includes outlines of the physiology, somatic dysfunctions, and treatment strategies of manipulative therapies. The descriptions and photos of different therapies are succinct and intuitive. One very practical aspect of this book is the addition of ICD-9 and CPT billing code information for individual common osteopathic treatments. The complete text and photos are reproduced on the publisher's website which readers can access via a login code supplied in the book. Finally, there is a comprehensive bibliography of current manipulative therapies for reference.
Assessment: This is a well organized, concise, intuitive book, very easy to use and perfect for busy practitioners to have at their desks for easy reference.