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From The CriticsReviewer: Rose M Rine, BS, MS, PhD (University of Miami School of Medicine)
Description: This comprehensive book on rehabilitation for patients with neurological dysfunction encompasses contemporary theories of motor control and learning and is based on the disablement model. To this end, the book is an excellent reference and teaching tool for entry and advanced level physical therapists, providing the level, depth, and breadth of knowledge that is essential for clinicians.
Purpose: It is intended to provide a framework for evaluation and intervention planning for patients' neurological deficits. This worthy objective is met by this book.
Audience: This is a book that all entry and advanced level programs in physical therapy should use in providing students, clinicians, and clinical investigators with a handbook of neurological rehabilitation.
Features: In the first section, the foundations for clinical practice are presented, including differential diagnosis, a historical review of intervention practices, and the neural and behavioral science of motor control and learning. The topics are presented in depth with appropriate and complete references and appendixes to enhance applicability. It is expected that the reader has a basic understanding of neuroscience (i.e., anatomy and physiology), the concepts of differential diagnosis, and the disablement model. The seven chapters in this section provide excellent integration of these areas as they apply clinically to patients with neurological disorders. The second section is focused on management of specific clinical problems presented in a diagnosis-specific model. Topics cover the life span and include chapters on genetic disorders, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, traumatic and congenital spinal cord injury, hemiplegia, and aging and dementia. Each chapter provides a review of neurological substrate, medical intervention including surgery and pharmacology, and an in-depth presentation of therapeutic rehabilitation from examination and evaluation to treatment planning and discharge. The third and final section provides an overview of contemporary topics that include electrodiagnosis, orthotics for the patient with neurological impairment, pain management, alternative and complementary therapies, and healthcare belief systems.
Assessment: This comprehensive book provides an excellent reference for all therapists working with patients with neurological disorders. Its strength is its unique organization and provision of a complete overview of clinical care from conceptual models of medical and healthcare to specific evaluative and intervention protocols.