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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Alan Anschel, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This is an A to Z health guide for patients coping with spinal cord injuries and their family members.
Purpose: The primary purpose is to help people with spinal cord injuries and their families. The book describes the physical and emotional trauma of a spinal cord injury and the expected course during the acute hospitalization and rehabilitation process. The author clearly explains in nonmedical terms the physical and psychological rediscovery of oneself after a spinal cord injury.
Audience: This book is written for both the newly injured patient and the patient who has lived with a spinal cord injury for some time. It should be read by medical students, residents, and healthcare providers who care for patients with spinal cord injuries.
Features: The three parts of the book walk patients and family members through the course of both physical and psychological recovery after a spinal cord injury. Chapter 7 does a particularly good job of providing examples of how patients can achieve a greater level of independence.
Assessment: This is an essential book for patients, family members, students, and healthcare providers. It is a quick, easy read that demystifies the recovery process after a spinal cord injury.