Description: The title accurately describes this book and the audience for whom it is written: it will enable physical therapists to recognize the presence of a medical condition that requires appropriate referral. The previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide physical therapists with the evaluative tools to effectively screen for medical conditions and refer to physicians for further evaluation. As the field of physical therapy moves toward an expanded role in healthcare, this book is timely and has quickly become an essential text in most physical therapy curricula. The book is an excellent representation of the authors' objectives.
Audience: Physical therapy students will find this book essential in preparing them to face the realities of clinical practice. In addition, experienced clinicians in an outpatient or inpatient setting will also find it to be a great resource. The authors target both groups effectively with their writing.
Features: Three major sections comprise this 18-chapter text. Section one covers the interview process and a thorough discussion on pain. Section two uses a systems approach and chapters address each organ system and various disease processes that can refer to the neuromusculoskeletal system. The third section, greatly expanded from the previous edition, is divided into chapters by body regions. Additional resources include four major appendixes and a CD-ROM that contains ready to print intake forms and animations to reinforce the screening process. (The CD-ROM is easy to preview and does not require installation of files on the computer hard drive.) A separate section provides answers to practice test questions which appear throughout the book and numerous case studies reinforce comprehension of the material. Illustrations are particularly well done.
Assessment: This book continues to deliver valued information in a practical manner to the target audience. The upgrades in the fourth edition place it among the best in this area. Even if readers already have the third edition, the fourth edition is a good investment.