Chronic Disease and Disability: A Contemporary Rehabilitation Approach to the Practice of Medicineby Ross Hays, George Kraft, Walter Stolov, Walter C. Stolov (Editor), George H. Kraft (Editor)
"Over 10% of the population of the United States is disabled from chronic disease, the vast majority as the result of disorders of the cardiovascular, neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems. This introduction to the management of chronic illness is based on a course given at the University of Washington School of Medicine. It examines the factors related to evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of these patients and is essential reading for all medical students and rehabilitation professionals."
Description: This new general textbook presents the rehabilitation medicine approach to chronic disease and disability. The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine prepared the text.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the basic issues of assessment, multidisciplinary involvement, and medical management in the care of persons with chronic disease and disability. The topic is certainly relevant as the population served by health care professionals in the U.S. continues to age and survive tragic injuries and diseases that were previously fatal.
Audience: The authors have targeted this text to medical students and health care professionals in disciplines other than rehabilitation medicine who are receiving their first exposure to the principles and practices of caring for persons with chronic disease and disability. The authors and contributors are very solid and credible in their respective areas.
Features: Illustrations, worksheets, and diagrams are especially helpful in supplementing the text. In fact, many of the figures could be used as guides when the reader is performing the evaluation or the suggested diagnostic testing. The references and suggested readings remain general in scope for the beginner.
Assessment: This book serves the purpose of introducing medical professionals to the multidisciplinary, function-oriented approach of rehabilitation medicine and its application to those with chronic disease and disability. Many of the chapters are strong enough individually to be read by the medical specialists whose patients are discussed and implemented easily without requiring the time to read a complete general textbook of rehabilitation medicine. The first chapter on history and physical examination in chronic disease and disability should be required reading for all medical students in their examination skills courses. An unfortunate danger of any cursory textbook is leaving the reader with the inaccurate perception that these patients' issues are not complex. Some clearer guidelines should be given for when appropriate referrals to other rehabilitation specialist professionals are necessary.
- Springer Publishing Company
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- Edition description:
- New Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Meet the Author
Dr. Hays is Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Associate Director of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Kraft is Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, Director of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and Chief of Staff at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Stolov is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington.
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