Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jane E. Sullivan, MS, PT (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This text explains the physics theory necessary to understand physical agents commonly applied in physical therapy.
Purpose: The authors identify the book's purpose as providing framework for the understanding of scientific principles underlying physiotherapy practice. Most of the information covered in the book, however, is contained in general physics texts and in clinical texts addressing both the theoretical principles and clinical application of physical agents.
Audience: The intended audience appears to be entry level physical therapy students.
Features: The authors focus on nonmathematical explanations of the principles discussed, using instead analogues and similes. The text contains numerous, good quality graphs, charts, and drawings.
Assessment: This book, while presuming no prior knowledge of physics, takes the reader through logical, simple explanations of important physical principles. It is organized from broad fundamentals, progressing to more specific, clinically relevant concepts.