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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Deborah M. King, PTA, CPI (North Hills Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy)
Description: This comprehensive book on the principles of kinesiology for physical therapist assistant (PTA) students as well as practicing clinicians provides detailed outlines, explanations, and an abundance of relevant illustrations in each chapter.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide PTA students with a detailed study of normal and abnormal human movement. The book offers detailed background on anatomy and function as well as treatment options. This book would be a worthwhile addition to any PTA curriculum.
Audience: Written for both PTA students and practicing clinicians, the book would be a relevant reference for PTAs in any rehabilitation setting. As a practicing PTA, I feel that the book offers a thorough review and would recommend it to my colleagues. Both authors have extensive background in physical therapy and are well versed in the study of kinesiology.
Features: An outstanding feature is the detailed first page of each chapter which includes objectives and key terminology. In addition, the "Consider This" and "Clinical Insight" boxes throughout the chapters offer tidbits of information that enable students to apply the information to a particular diagnosis or treatment. The book is exceptionally well illustrated and there is plenty of artwork in every chapter. The clear and concise pictures provide a detailed look at every type of tissue and movement in the human body.
Assessment: This first edition work is an excellent representation of the type of textbooks that should be used in any PTA curriculum. The detail, content, and layout were well thought out and executed. I would have welcomed this book when I was student 14 years ago.