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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This concise text presents content of most of the major conditions and illnesses affecting the major body systems. Each of the major chapters is organized similarly and includes chapter objectives, a review of the body system, a list of condition(s) discussed in the chapter, synopsis of the problem highlighted in a box, case studies, compare/contrast boxes, colorful artwork and pictures, indications and contraindication for massage, and review questions. Several excellent appendices cover history taking, hygiene, and medications.
Purpose: The author informs massage practitioners about pathology since they see many clients who are often using massage as part of an integrated health care treatment plan. A thorough education in anatomy and pathology will assist therapists in doing no harm and ensuring the safety of the public.
Audience: This book was written for massage students and practicing therapists and is well suited for both audiences. The authors represent many massage therapy teachers and practitioners in the United States and Canada.
Features: This text is especially student friendly in language and format. The color art and photography is excellent as well as entries called "in brief boxes" that highlight the most important features of the problem. Web resources and a companion CD featuring test questions, Q & A's, an audio glossary make this a derivative book. One issue is the datedness of many references in the chapters.
Assessment: Any pathology book must be updated frequently as science advances and this is no exception. This is an excellent book to begin one's journey of understanding of pathology in massage therapy.