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From The CriticsReviewer: Michael Littleton, OTR/L, CHT(Univ of Illinois at Chicago Coll of Associated Health Professions)
Description: This text is comprised of over 20 chapters covering the practice area of hand therapy. Each chapter is formatted as a series of multiple choice questions, complete with detailed answers and references to other hand therapy resources. There are practice questions included at the back of the book with perforated pages for detachment and copying.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a resource for many different health professionals involved in hand surgery and rehabilitation, and is appropriate for use in a classroom setting. This is an appropriate objective as a concise, informative resource is invaluable to the clinician. These objectives are well met by the editors.
Audience: This book is geared primarily toward practicing or aspiring hand therapists (both occupational and physical therapists), as well as other practitioners or educators involved in the hand rehabilitation field. These might include nurses, orthopedic residents, and orthopedic technicians, to name a few. The editors and multiple contributors are of the highest credibility and experience.
Features: The book covers specific areas of upper extremity rehabilitation with chapters devoted to anatomy, research, and statistics as well as specific diagnoses and interventional and surgical procedures. It includes a quick reference guide at the front of the book and highlighted "clinical gems" dispersed throughout its pages. The multiple choice format makes it fun to read, allowing readers the opportunity to assess their knowledge level and self-educate at the same time. Excellent appendixes provide information on relevant topics such as nutrition, commonly prescribed medications, and pertinent Internet web sites.
Assessment: This book is a unique contribution to the hand therapy literature. A wealth of information is contained in its relatively compact form and its design makes it very easy to navigate. I highly recommended it.