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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Darla R Smith, PhD (University of Texas El Paso College of Health Sciences)
Description: This text provides an introduction to functional human anatomy for the occupational therapist. Emphasis is placed on practical application and individual case studies.
Purpose: The authors seek to provide students of occupational therapy a background in kinesiology and biomechanics with specific emphasis on real world applications. Although the immediate focus is on the biomechanics of specific problems, individuals encountering the problems are presented in an holistic light. This attempt to merge the science of human activity with a common sense approach to solving movement problems should help students understand the relevance of kinesiology and biomechanics in their profession.
Audience: The text is written for occupational therapy students. The authors are certified occupational therapists and experienced teachers and practitioners.
Features: This book introduces the science of biomechanics and its applications to the various musculoskeletal regions. It is written at a very basic level and does not require a strong physics background. The "big picture" approach taken by the authors is unique and helpful. Numerous case studies are presented to provide students with actual problems they will encounter in the work place. An emphasis on common sense and pictorial solutions to problems along with a de-emphasis on trigonometry is a positive feature for entry-level students. Extensive appendixes provide a good reference for students, professors, and practitioners. The primary shortcoming of the book is the lack of detail regarding the structures of the musculoskeletal system (origins, insertions, innervations, and palpations).
Assessment: This book is recommended for an introductory course focusing on integrating the sciences of kinesiology and biomechanics with occupational therapy. For the advanced student, other texts such as Gench's Anatomical Kinesiology, 2nd Edition (Eddie Bowers Publishing Company, 1999) and Jenkins' Hollinshead's Functional Anatomy of the Limbs & Back (W. B. Saunders, 1998) provide greater detail and would also serve as a better reference for the practitioner.