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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Hughes, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS (Slippery Rock University)
Description: This is a presentation of the fundamental aspects of neuroscience in the context of clinical application for rehabilitation professionals. The previous editions were published in 2002 and 1998.
Purpose: The author's intended purpose remains consistent with previous editions. Material in the field of neuroscience has been included on the basis of its clinical importance in aiding in therapists' understanding of neurologic disorders. The integration of basic science and clinical rehabilitation is a worthy objective, and this book accomplishes its goal.
Audience: The book is primarily written for students in the field of physical therapy. The format and presentation of the information in the form of web-based tools, animations, case studies, clinical notes, and chapter questions make it ideal as an academic text. The author is a professor of physical therapy and is well qualified to present this work.
Features: The book is well organized into five major sections that cover topics at a cellular level; development; systems (somatosensory, autonomic, and motor); regions (peripheral nervous system, spinal region, brainstem and cerebellar and cerebrum); and support systems which include the blood supply and the cerebrospinal fluid system. There are numerous excellent features. Excellent graphics and illustrations in the book are accompanied by animations on an easy to load CD-ROM. Disease profiles with personal patient stories and relevant clinical case presentations are but a few highlights. A color atlas depicts prosections of the brain and is partnered with line drawings of labeled structures on opposite pages to allow the reader to study topographic anatomy. The companion web site for students and instructors includes many useful resources. Finally, review questions and case examples at the end of each chapter are coupled with an answer key at the end of the book. A glossary of terms makes it easy for readers to learn key words. Although not as lengthy or wordy as leading neuroscience books, the information is successfully edited to provide readers with "need to know" vs. "nice to know" information.
Assessment: The additions and new features justify this third edition. The author has made a valiant attempt at updating and revising information in many areas to keep readers current with the latest research. This will serve as an excellent resource for both students in training and experienced clinicians.