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From The CriticsReviewer: Terry Peralta, MA ; PhD Candidate(California State University Dominguez Hills)
Description: This is a comprehensive reference on the topic of functional hand grasps, yet it is an easy read even for nonclinicians.
Purpose: The purpose is to present an in-depth description of the various hand functional grasps. The objective of the book is worthy because this information may serve as a means of understanding and communicating among individuals who are interested in the development of appropriate hand grasps that are needed to accomplish daily tasks, may it be clinicians, parents, teachers, or students. The authors meet their objectives.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is written for therapists, teachers, physicians, researchers, and other health professionals. The authors are occupational therapists, which make them credible in the subject matter. Further, the authors were assisted by certified hand therapists and used an extensive amount of references.
Features: This is a very good reference on a very specific topic. Although concise, the book is comprehensive enough to be useful to instructors, therapists, and students. Aside from merely defining various grasps, additional information such as reflexive behavior, grasp development, and some clinical descriptions of hand dysfunctions are discussed. In addition, clear illustrations of significant hand structures as well as beautiful pictures of the 48 featured grasps are provided. Even though the discussion centers on developmental and clinical realms, the text is written in a simple and comprehensible manner that even nonclinicians could appreciate. The book is well organized and clearly divided into sections and topics. However, since the illustrations of the hand structures, such as the joints, arches, and muscles of the hand, are separated from the discussions, it may be helpful if page numbers of specific illustrations or pictures were inserted the text. Overall, the book is well written with extensive citations of references that may be of further help to readers.
Assessment: I have not seen a concise yet comprehensive reference on the specific topic of functional hand grasps. The quality of the book is exemplary with glossy pages and very clear and beautiful pictures and illustrations.