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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Charles Kantrow, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book describes in detail the cause and effects of spina bifida with detailed descriptions of all involved systems and associated problems. It is written for both the parents of children with spina bifida as well as those providing medical care to them. This updated edition with a new preface replaces the 1997 edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an insightful view into the life of spina bifida patients and their families. This is an important subject as these children often have subspecialty care but not always primary care. Issues surrounding this condition should be understood by all involved in care of these patients. This book fills that void.
Audience: The book was written for families of patients as well as medical and other professional personnel involved in their care. It is useful both for generalists as well as specialty physicians who care for the child. The author is very credible in this area.
Features: Specific issues of the cause of spina bifida, treatment and prevention are covered. The book provides a description of issues, both medical and psychosocial, that are significant to these patients at various stages of their life from infancy to adult. This book does an excellent job of providing both information as well as perspective from both the practitioner's and patient's points of view. It is very helpful having information clearly marked for patients and for medical professionals.
Assessment: This is an excellent, readable book that provides an abundance of useful and easily understandable information about this complex issue. I will recommend it highly to my patients and residents in trying to understand spina bifida.