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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bruce K. Shapiro, MD (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
Description: Feeding and nutritional problems constitute a major component of the care of children with multiple neurological impairments. Until this time, there has not been a comprehensive interdisciplinary text that focused on these problems.
Purpose: The purpose is to record important advances in the understanding and care of feeding and nutrition problems in children with neurological impairment. To this end, the editors brought together a multidisciplinary panel of experts to review such areas as the impact of feeding difficulties; the development of eating skills in infants and young children; the causes of feeding difficulties in disabled children; assessment of feeding difficulty — clinical, nutritional, and diagnostic imaging; drooling; constipation; and therapy (including enteral feeding). The editors also address the ethics and implications of the treatment programs.
Audience: This book targets practitioners of a wide variety of disciplines. It is a must for those who deal with children with multiple neurological impairments and for those whose focus is on feeding problems or nutrition. Pediatricians, specialists in neurodevelopmental disabilities, child neurologists, gastroenterologists, and surgeons may find this book a useful compendium of a large body of information. Occupational therapists, speech/language therapists, and nutritionists who focus on children will find this book particularly strong in its medical aspects.
Features: This is an easy book to read. The margins are wide, typefaces easy to read, and chapters logically organized. The radiographs are difficult to read and would be aided by line drawings. Extensive, current references will permit readers to expand their knowledge.
Assessment: This book will likely evolve into the core text in this area. It covers a great deal of material about a focused area in a comprehensive, practical, clinically applicable fashion. It will help the care of children with neurological impairments.