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From The CriticsReviewer: Erika Driver Dunckley, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: In this guide to managing patients with dystonia, the authors go beyond the routine guidelines for management (medication and surgery) and discuss the roles of physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as the effect that psychological factors have.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information on a multidisciplinary approach to the management of patients with dystonia. Dystonia is not a well recognized disorder and the management of these patients can be difficult, making this book very useful for clinicians.
Audience: It is intended for clinicians, nurses, residents, therapists, and fellows who are managing patients with dystonia.
Features: All management aspects of dystonia are covered, from the pharmacology of botox and its uses to the use of deep brain stimulation surgery. The authors also address other key management issues, from therapy to psychological influences, and provide information useful not only for clinicians but also for social workers, therapists, etc. They also offer information for patients such as websites and the value of dystonia support groups. This is an excellent overview of how patients with dystonia should be treated in a multidisciplinary fashion. It is not a scientific review of dystonia, but a practical guideline that will help in managing these patients.
Assessment: This is an excellent book, well written and comprehensive. The authors have achieved their goals and have presented an informative, clear, concise, and complete overview of the management of dystonia. This is the first such book that encompasses the multidisciplinary approach and provides information and resources not only for clinicians, but for other patient care providers.