Description: This book outlines the basic principles of general pathology and medicine relevant to the practice of physical therapy.
Purpose: The authors' objective is to provide physical therapy practitioners the knowledge to identify underlying medical conditions, develop treatment plans which account for these factors, and refer patients when necessary.
Audience: Both physical therapy students and seasoned practitioners are the intended target audience. For students, this could serve as a required text during academic training, while physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in practice would benefit from having this as an accessible reference.
Features: The first of the book's two sections, on general pathology, describes basic principles, types of diseases, symptoms, diagnostics, and therapies. The second section, on internal medicine, is organized by systems. This section covers all systems relevant to physical therapy with the exception of the neural and musculoskeletal systems, which are extensively covered in other books and courses during physical therapy education. The nearly 300 illustrations that effectively support the content are the book's most valuable feature.
Assessment: A broad knowledge of general pathology and internal medicine is essential for physical therapists. With the growing acceptance and prevalence of direct access care, there is a need for a book of this type. Although this book has many positive qualities, in order to more effectively meet the authors' objective, it should more clearly delineate the clinical considerations for each pathology. Overall, however, it will be a great reference to have when questions arise about the need to refer patients to other practitioners.