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From The CriticsReviewer: Cynthia Potter, PT, DPT, PCS (Healthquest Community Service)
Description: This third edition updates what has become a widely accepted and useful text for current and future pediatric physical therapists. Following initial chapters on normal motor development and tests of infant and child development, the remainder of the book is organized by pediatric diseases and disabilities commonly treated by pediatric physical therapists.
Purpose: This is a fundamental text that focuses on clinically relevant information useful to a wide audience interested in pediatric physical therapy. Unique to this updated edition is the inclusion of case studies which facilitate the link between the theory and research presented to clinical practice.
Audience: This book provides an excellent foundation for physical therapy students and is a very usable resource for the general physical therapy practitioner. All chapters are well-referenced by the contributors for those seeking further information on a particular topic.
Features: In addition to major revisions of chapters included in the second edition and the inclusion of several new contributors, this third edition also features new chapters on orthopedics and limb deficiency in children as well as traumatic brain injury. The text in each chapter is enhanced by black-and-white photos or drawings. Many easily-referenced tables are included that summarize large amounts of information. All topics covered within a chapter are listed on the first page of each chapter for easy reference. Particularly outstanding and thorough are the chapters on pulmonary disorders written by the editor, including orthopedic management, traumatic brain injury, burns, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Although the back cover indicates that sports-related injuries in adolescents are included, there does not appear to be related content in the book. There is a brief description of childhood fractures in the orthopedic management chapter; however, content concerning strength development and conditioning or specific injuries is not included.
Assessment: Those who are acquainted with the second edition and find it useful will want to replace it with this new edition. The expanded, updated chapters, addition of new chapters, and inclusion of case studies make this one of the best overall pediatric physical therapy texts. As compared with other texts available, it is comprehensive without being overwhelming in detail.