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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jennifer Hoffman, PT, DPT, OCS (MedStar NRH)
Description: This book reviews the development and changes in the human body throughout the lifespan in terms of psychosocial growth, body systems, body structure, and functional mobility. This update of the 2002 edition includes the most current evidence-based concepts and additional clinical examples.
Purpose: The authors are successful in providing an understanding of the impact that changes to the human body's multiple systems have on functional movement throughout the lifespan, from conception to death. Covering all aspects of normal development in one book makes this work unique.
Audience: The primary audience is physical therapy and occupational therapy students as well as other healthcare professional students who treat clients for impaired functional movement. The book is most suitable for undergraduate physical therapy students studying human development and physical therapy assistant students.
Features: The book is conveniently divided into three sections that address basic concepts of functional movement, body system development and changes, and functional movement outcomes. The first section reviews the basic concepts of functional movement in order to help readers develop a conceptual foundation for the remainder of the book. The second section reviews how body systems develop and change throughout the lifespan, and the impact these changes have on functional movement. The final section is the most detailed and informative, particularly the chapters discussing posture and balance, locomotion, and prehension.
Assessment: The level of detail of the function and development of the body systems and the overall content of the book as a general review make the book most suitable for undergraduate students or students pursuing an associate healthcare degree. For practitioners, this serves as a review of the body's multiple systems and their effects on functional movement, but it does not include advanced theories or specific techniques to treat functional movement dysfunctions in a clinical setting. Nonetheless, the review of neonatal development of each body system is uncommonly useful to practitioners and a rare find in such books.