Description: This is a second edition of a book that covers a number of topics related to whiplash injuries, with a growing emphasis upon the biomechanics of different kinds of injuries and collisions. It also spends time discussing both diagnostic issues pertaining to motor vehicle accidents as well as management considerations and legal aspects of caring for injured patients.
Purpose: The purpose is to discuss the factors involved in managing the patient who has suffered a motor vehicle accident and to understand the biomechanics of injury as well as the legal ramifications of care. It also updates the first edition by adding five new chapters and over 1,600 new references. Given that there is a large and growing amount of literature on this topic, it is time that the book be revised and updated. The authors have done an admirable job of adding new material to an already useful book and so indeed, this book has met its objective.
Audience: The audience for this book is fairly broad. Though it is written mainly by a chiropractor, it will be useful well beyond the chiropractic audience, to virtually all who care for the patient injured in an automobile accident. This includes chiropractors, osteopaths, physical therapists, orthopedists, and even emergency room physicians. For practitioners, this will be a great reference, for it provides detailed information about the biomechanics of injury, meaning that as patients seek care, this information comes immediately into care. It will also be useful as a teaching text for students involved in the clinical care aspect of their training, for all disciplines noted above. Dr. Nordhoff is known in the chiropractic profession for the first version of the book, so is seen as an expert in this field.
Features: There are several aspects to the book. It presents an informational overview about collisions and then moves to discussing how to take a history after a patient seeks care for a collision injury. There are a number of chapters addressing diagnostic strategies and procedures, such as when and how to use radiography and when to have a patient undergo neurological testing. There are several chapters devoted to management-related topics and several more devoted to understanding the biomechanics of injury processes, such as what happens in rear-end, front-end, and side collisions. Finally, the book has information pertaining to legal matters involved in caring for patients involved in car accidents. These chapters in particular should be singled out for notice and are exceedingly well done. There are two appendixes, one providing a glossary of terms and one providing conversion charts detailing how energy is converted into injury during a crash.
Assessment: This second edition adds a great deal of information to the first, and the result is a more useful book, which does not mean that the first edition was not. This is a major revision, adding new chapters, discussing biomechanics of injury in great detail, and offering significant pointers for both managing and handling the legal aspects of care for the person injured in a motor vehicle accident. While there are some books that address the cervical spine in detail within the chiropractic profession, none are directed specifically at motor vehicle injury; thus, this book stands on its own, and does a good job of it.