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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brian D. Schmit, PhD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This book contains a comprehensive review of current European research in neuroprosthetics. The text presents a significant treatise on restoration of walking using electrical stimulation. Other subject areas include natural and neuroprosthetic control strategies for movement and posture, fatigue, biomechanics, artificial and natural sensors, spasticity, and neuroprosthetics for autonomic functions.
Purpose: This book succeeds in providing a review of European research and clinical developments in neuroprostheses. It evolved from a series of five European workshops organized to present research conducted through targeted funding by the European Union BIOMED Program. This publication includes reports from ongoing research projects and thus has value as a reference for current research. However, many of the sections contain only preliminary results and proposed experiments. In addition, some of the conclusions have not been peer reviewed and may not represent the consensus of the scientific community.
Audience: The book is written for scientists and practitioners already familiar with the field of neuroprosthetics. The authors of the book include many accepted experts in the field presenting research in their areas of expertise.
Features: The amount and quality of illustrations are appropriate for this type of technical publication. Generally, the references are up to date with a natural bias toward European references. The book lacks a subject index, but contains an adequate author index and table of contents.
Assessment: The book is a good reference for obtaining a summary of recent research on neuroprosthetics in Europe. The readability of many sections of the text suffers from errors in translation. In addition, the structure results in significant redundancy of some material. Despite these limitations, the book is a good library reference and would probably see adequate circulation.