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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robert A. Sellin, MS, PT, ECS (Electrophysiologic Testing Service)
Description: This is a very readable, superbly organized text covering the physiology of excitable tissues, the theory of electrotherapy, and practical clinical applications of electrotherapy. Throughout the text, clinical approaches are related to functional problems with treatment alternatives based on neurophysiology and, when available, clinical trial research.
Purpose: The editors have successfully altered the format of this edition to help the clinician problem solve in electrotherapy by using the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice (APTA, 1997) in conjunction with this book. In addition, the editors have done an outstanding job of using standard terminology from Electrotherapeutic Terminology in Physical Therapy (APTA, 1991).
Audience: This is one of those rare publications that one can use as a student to gain a foundation in electrotherapy, and then apply as a clinician for years to come. The contributors' years of teaching and clinical experience translates clearly in the practical nature of this text.
Features: Standardizing terminology and reformatting make this new edition noteworthy. However, it is the upgrading of all the sections and the addition of chapters on tissue repair that make this text essential reading for the serious clinician and all students. Clinical trial research, which validates the use of electrotherapy in tissue repair, is very powerful. Theoretical and clinical trial research findings are combined with the physiology of wound healing in the very practical presentation of Sussman's wound healing protocol in Wound Care: A Collaborative Practice Manual for Physical Therapists and Nurses (Aspen Publishers, Inc., 1998). The case studies in the chapters on functional electrical stimulation and electrical stimulation of denervated muscle are excellent functional additions. It would have been nice to see a similar chapter on iontophoresis, which is conspicuous in its absence.
Assessment: This new edition is well written and researched, reflecting well the dynamic world of change in which we live. It is highly recommended for any physical therapist who attaches, or plans to attach, an electrode to a patient.