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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anjum Sayyad, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: A multitude of testimonials form the narrative of this book that speaks directly to its readers, newly disabled individuals, providing information that travels well in all aspects of their lives.
Purpose: The author intends to provide a map to his readers, outlining possibilities that may not be readily apparent in the protected environment of rehabilitation. This book is essential reading for the newly disabled.
Audience: It is clearly written for individuals who are newly disabled. However, as a physiatrist, I learned something beyond my formal training that will help me counsel my patients in the rehabilitation setting.
Features: The book outlines all things individuals might experience early in their care and follows through to other stages of their lives. In many instances, it addresses questions that may not be adequately addressed by their physicians or nurses, such as sexuality, accessibility laws, employment, sports participation, etc. The book would benefit from more illustrations that would help in understanding some of the material, in particular the chapter on wheelchair selection.
Assessment: As a physiatrist, I would make this book essential reading for a patient undergoing rehabilitation for the first time. It addresses many issues for the newly disabled and, at the same time, would initiate new conversations and discussions between patients and their healthcare providers.