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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kim S. Gladden, BS, BFA, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This is a second edition of an overview of rehabilitation medicine that covers rehabilitation concepts and service organization, team member roles, and the physiology and treatment of common rehabilitation issues. It provides a well thought out guide for both those starting in the field and those seeking a concise reference for definitions, treatments, goals, and available resources.
Purpose: The authors seek to "make our handbook applicable to a multidisciplinary readership" while providing a broader range of reading lists and imparting "a sense of the real benefits that can accrue from a proper interdisciplinary rehabilitation programme." The book accomplishes these objectives by methodically documenting the concepts, organization, and individual roles of the rehabilitation team before delving into specific issues such as spasticity, incontinence, and others common to rehabilitation management, as well as broader topics such as TBI, SCI, stoke, and neuromuscular disorders.
Audience: The book is written for junior physicians, therapists, nurses, and clinical psychologists, according to the authors. It also would be an excellent primer for medical students rotating in a rehabilitation hospital, or those considering entering the field. It provides a strong overview of the overall process of rehabilitation for practitioners and can be used as an adjunct to texts specific to each field. The authors are well versed in rehabilitation medicine. Michael Barnes and Anthony Ward are past presidents of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine. Michael Barnes is an honorary professor of neurological rehabilitation at Newcastle University, consultant neurologist and consultant in rehabilitation medicine, and past president of the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation. Anthony Ward is a professor in rehabilitation medicine at University Hospital of North Staffordshire and has served as president of the Union of European Medical Specialists Section of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. Sandra Stark is a consultant therapist in neurorehabilitation, professional lead at the Walkergate Park International Centre for Neurorehabilitation and Neuropsychiatry in Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. Sarah Ryan is a consultant nurse in rheumatology at Staffordshire Rheumatology Centre.
Features: The handbook engages in a discussion and definition of impairment, activity, and participation, citing the WHO International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps from 1980 in contrast with the newer 2001 International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health for historical context. It provides a look at the functioning of the rehabilitation team and its members' specific roles, as well as social issues that arise due to impairment and disability. It discusses the physiology, classification, and treatment of common issues such as spasticity, continence, sexuality, and swallowing disorders, and covers basic rehabilitation topics such as TBI, SCI, stroke, and neuromuscular disorders. The book is well organized, easy to read, and adequately covers a broad range of subjects, providing management flowcharts, treatment options, discussion of long term management, and an introduction to technical aids and assistive technology. It could have elaborated on the contribution of speech therapy, which is a crucial component of stroke, TBI, and SCI rehabilitation. However, the book does an admirable job of providing an overview of the rehabilitation process in these areas.
Assessment: This is a welcome contribution to the understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of rehabilitation medicine, and will be useful to both those new to the field as well as those looking for a quick reference on a day-to-day basis.