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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is one of the more purposeful and thought-provoking books on trauma available. The clinical model of the whiplash syndrome affecting both the body and the mind is explored in detail, and the reader is given a well rounded discussion of this fascinating perspective.
Purpose: The purpose is to give both professional and lay readers a new perspective on the complexities of trauma through the use of case vignettes, strong empirical evidence, and appropriate medical and psychological theory.
Audience: The author smartly revised this second edition to make it more accessible for lay readers. He still maintains the strong empirical foundation professional readers would expect, but he has reduced complexity, redundancy, and unneeded jargon. Professionals in the fields of rehabilitation, psychotherapy, patient care, and general medical practice will find this book of most benefit. The author is a highly skilled neurologist who brings 36 years of experience to this book.
Features: Among the highlights are the case vignettes that begin each chapter and are covered within the chapters as well. These vignettes pull the ideas of the chapter together and make for reading that makes the book difficult to put down. The discussion of the whiplash syndrome is broken down into two chapters, and those doubtful of the whiplash syndrome will be hard pressed not to become believers. Especially useful chapters are those on the diseases of traumatic stress and on the sources of trauma.
Assessment: This is a great addition to the field. Simply put, it is one of the finest books I have read in the area of trauma.