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From The CriticsReviewer: Karin Baker, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This book outlines a multidisciplinary approach to the care of patients with cerebral palsy, addressing medical management and various modalities of treatment from infancy into adulthood.
Purpose: The goals of evaluating current practice and available research as well as examining the impact of treatment on the child and the family, as well as on the child's ultimate role in society are worthy of exploration. These themes are addressed in a discussion of patient interaction and consideration of treatment options throughout the book.
Audience: The book is intended for less experienced therapists working with the cerebral palsy patient population. The chapters addressing etiology of cerebral palsy and neuromuscular control serve as a basic review for most practitioners. The detailed discussion of the numerous therapy, medication, and surgical options make the book a useful resource for all members of the treatment team.
Features: Several chapters are devoted to discussion of the etiology of cerebral palsy, therapy modalities, durable medical equipment and gait. Shorter discussions of various treatment modalities and available research are covered in the second half of the book. Numerous illustrations and case studies in each chapter greatly enhance the book. The CD that comes with the book contains many videos of the patients described in the case studies as well as links to cited literature, quiz questions, and algorithms.
Assessment: This is a useful resource for young practitioners of all disciplines involved in the care of children with cerebral palsy. Especially helpful are the numerous illustrations and videos on the CD that allow better visualization and understanding of the material. Discussion of issues of long term management and available evidence provides helpful perspectives to those with less time in practice.