Handbook of Neurological Rehabilitationby Richard J. Greenwood
Changes in the focus of neurological practice worldwide have led to the need for new standard texts that reflect the current state of this expanding area of clinical expertise. The second edition of the Handbook of Neurological Rehabilitation is a major reference source that fulfils this need, providing an invaluable resource for all professions that work/b>
Changes in the focus of neurological practice worldwide have led to the need for new standard texts that reflect the current state of this expanding area of clinical expertise. The second edition of the Handbook of Neurological Rehabilitation is a major reference source that fulfils this need, providing an invaluable resource for all professions that work with patients suffering from neurological disorders. It brings restorative neurology to the bedside and shows how a reiterative, goal-oriented, problem-solving training programme can benefit patients, sometimes on a scale not achieved by pharmacological or surgical interventions.
The book is divided into three sections all of which have been updated. Section One explores the clinical and biological principles underpinning rehabilitation practice in the context of neurological disablement. Section Two describes the assessment, treatment, and management of the major physical, cognitive and behavioural impairments, and the resulting functional deficits that may follow or accompany neurological disease. The final section explores in more detail these problems and their management in relation to the more common specific disorders of the nervous system.
The text emphasises the fact that rehabilitation is an ongoing process involving multidisciplinary problem-solving, goal-setting and education; in which organised care is more effective than unorganised care; and the breakdown of professional barriers within rehabilitation, to facilitate the use of combined treatment techniques, improves outcome. It describes the contribution made by neural reorganisation and compensatory mechanisms to recovery of function, focuses on the avoidance of secondary deficit, and explores the physical, cognitive, affective and behavioural problems that may occur after neurological damage.
At a time when new medical technologies threaten to fragment the integrity of medical care at individual and societal levels, it is crucial that all those involved in the management of chronic neurological disease have a working knowledge of the contents of this book. Their perspective on clinical practice will then be truly integrated and holistic and their patients will benefit accordingly.
Description: This is the second edition of a multiauthored textbook on the principles and practice of neurorehabilitation.
Purpose: The editors have gathered in one book a comprehensive collection of reviews on topics related to the clinical practice of neurorehabilitation.
Audience: This book is aimed primarily at neurologists and physiatrists actively engaged in the rehabilitation of patients with neurological illnesses. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech pathologists will also find the book of value.
Features: The general approach is that of a practitioner (neurologist or physiatrist) engaged in rehabilitation either inpatient or outpatient. With few exceptions, the contributors are from the U.K. and reflect British practice. However, this book can be of value to U.S. physicians as well. The first six reviews cover the setting for rehabilitation including rehabilitation measures and forming the rehabilitation team. Five additional reviews deal with the mechanism of recovery during rehabilitation. Eighteen additional reviews examine specific types of neurological impairment and their rehabilitation such as fatigue, pain, spasticity, weakness, and cognitive deficits. Four reviews examine psychological and psychiatric issues in rehabilitation. The book concludes with 14 reviews of specific neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal injury, and motor neuron disease.
Assessment: This is a well-written, well-organized collection of essays on neurorehabilitation. Together they comprise a state-of-the-current-art of neurorehabilitation and will be of benefit to active practitioners of neurorehabilitation. Potential purchasers of this book will want to examine as well Dobkin's The Clinical Science of Neurologic Rehabilitation, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2003) that covers much of the same material. Both are valuable books that give somewhat different perspectives on the same topic.
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