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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James A Sliwa, DO (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This book is a review of both the principles of exercise and the benefits of exercise in certain medical conditions and patient populations. It is the second edition with the first edition published in 1999.
Purpose: In this text the authors successfully meet their objectives of providing us with an up-to-date and in-depth discussion of the basic science and clinical correlations of exercise as a therapeutic and rehabilitative strategy. Since exercise is a key component of rehabilitation and all in the field should be familiar with this modality as a treatment strategy, these are worthy objectives.
Audience: The authors state this book should be useful to different professionals including physicians practicing rehabilitation medicine, physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, nurses and exercise physiologists. However, it seems most appropriate for physicians and other health care professionals with extensive training and exposure to exercise in their practice. The chapters are well-written by individuals who are credible authorities in the subject matter.
Features: The organization and content of this book follows a logical progression and is helpful to the reader. The initial section covers basic concepts such as exercise type and physiologic response to exercise. Other sections include exercise testing, exercise in specific conditions and exercise in specific patient populations. As a result this text provides the reader not only with an understanding of exercise but also the benefits and clinical applicability of exercise to specific clinical situations.
Assessment: This book is a complete, well-written work on the area of exercise and its role in rehabilitation. It provides the reader with current information and references and consequently justifies a second edition. I would recommend it be in every practitioner's library and suspect it will be frequently referred to for both its factual information and references.