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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dana J Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA (Palmer College of Chiropractic)
Description: This book provides a comprehensive overview of structural diagnosis and manual medical procedures. The book looks at some general approaches to manual medicine, and then presents a regional chapter-by-chapter approach to the many procedures one can use in managing a variety of conditions. This is a third edition and it has been a good number of years since the second edition, so an update is much needed.
Purpose: The purpose is to present current information and answer questions raised by those who use the first and second editions of this venerable book. It is to convey over 50 years of experience in the use of manual medicine. A clinically oriented book of manual medicine procedures is much needed, and Dr. Greenman has met the objectives he set for himself in this latest edition.
Audience: This is designed for anyone who uses manual medical procedures, such as osteopaths (the author is an osteopath), chiropractors, and physical medicine specialists. The author is a leading clinical practitioner of manual medicine who has been involved in teaching such procedures for nearly half a century.
Features: There are three basic sections to this book. One covers general principles and concepts, such as muscle energy technique, impulse and non-impulse techniques and myofascial release. A second section is devoted to techniques, and covers virtually all areas of the body. The final section looks at the integration and correlation of procedures in managing both musculoskeletal and organic conditions. What the book does well is present each individual technique in detail, with illustrations and explanation given for each procedure. There are ample illustrations provided, hundreds and hundreds of photographs. The photo quality is not as crisp and clear as it could be, perhaps due to the paper stock used. And rather than providing references, each chapter provides a list of recommended readings.
Assessment: I own the last edition of this book, and find it rather useful. This is a good new edition and I suspect I will use it every bit as much as the last edition. In terms of books outside of chiropractic, where technique books such as this are more common, this is a fine addition to the few books directed more toward the medical field. I recommend it.