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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel B. Hier, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
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.