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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ben Kivlan, MPT (North Hills Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy)
Description: This set of books is organized into chapters that are outlines of the pertinent subjects covered on the PT licensing exam.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a framework from which students can structure their independent studying for the PT licensing exam.
Audience: The audience targeted is physical therapy students who are anticipating exams. As the original pioneer of such work, the author first published her review book in 1986. The time-tested success of her books and her international notoriety in physical therapy make her a credible authority.
Features: A review of a wide range of physical therapy subjects is offered. The author organizes the subjects into individual chapters of easy to follow charts and outlines for studying. The chapters on neuroanatomy, spinal cord, and cardiopulmonary are extremely effective. Written and computer practice tests are also very helpful.
Assessment: The combination of the books and computer software is a useful tool for exam preparation. The author covers in adequate detail the essential subjects that are covered on the PT licensing exam. However, if readers are looking for a book with greater detail, O'Sullivan's National Physical Therapy Examination Review and Study Guide (International Educational Resources, Ltd., 1997) is a better selection. Giles' A Guide to Success: Review for Licensure in Physical Therapy (Mainely Physical Therapy, 1999), is a bit less thorough than the aforementioned titles, but comes with a computer program that is formatted exactly like the licensing exam and offers statistical analysis to identify areas of weakness to guide further study. The explanations were also referenced to answers, which allows students to review or challenge discrepant answers. I would certainly recommend the use of this book, but may suggest readers seek other review resources to enhance their exam preparation.