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Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide for Living

Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide for Living

by Sara Palmer, Kay Harris Kriegsman, Jeffrey B. Palmer
     
 

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Fully updated and revised, the second edition of Spinal Cord Injury is the definitive guide for people with SCI and their families. Combining first-person accounts with up-to-date medical information, the book addresses all aspects of spinal cord injury—recovery and coping, sex and family matters, transportation and housing, employment and

Overview

Fully updated and revised, the second edition of Spinal Cord Injury is the definitive guide for people with SCI and their families. Combining first-person accounts with up-to-date medical information, the book addresses all aspects of spinal cord injury—recovery and coping, sex and family matters, transportation and housing, employment and leisure—and reviews the challenges encountered by people with spinal cord injury throughout their lives.

The authors explain how spinal cord injury affects physical functioning and the impact of physical changes on emotions and social life. They offer a holistic approach to recovery that incorporates all aspects of living and emphasizes achieving optimal health, personal fulfillment, and meaningful family and social relationships.

The new edition of this helpful book includes a completely revised chapter on recovery and regeneration research, stem cell research, and activity-based therapies. New information is offered on medical and rehabilitative care of children and adolescents as well as preventative health measures for people of all ages living with spinal cord injury. The book includes expanded ideas and resources for socializing, travel, sports and recreation.

Editorial Reviews

SCI access

Written in a compelling manner that is easy to read, the book begins from a medical perspective, with an informative description of what to expect immediately following injury. An excellent resource, both for survivors and also for those providing support and assistance.

Rehabilitation Nursing

A comprehensive overview of the challenges faced by both the newly injured and those who have longer experience in coping with the multitude of changes that occur following a spinal cord injury.

Disability Studies Quarterly

This book does a very good job of taking someone from the moment of injury, to hospital and rehabilitation, and into adjusting to life and relationships with a disability. It is easy to read and does not use a great deal of jargon in describing the physical and medical aspects of spinal cord injury. Anyone who has a friend, colleague, or family member confronted by this trauma might find this a useful gift in difficult circumstances.

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Reviewer: 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.
Library Journal
Before the middle of the 20th century, most people with a spinal cord injury (SCI) died within a few years of the injury. Today, with advances in emergency medicine, the initial survival rate is much higher. About 220,000 people in the United States live with SCI, and about 10,000 new injuries occur each year. The authors, all rehab professionals associated with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, firmly believe that a meaningful life is more than possible after injury and that recovery and adjustment is greatly improved when people know what to expect physically and emotionally during recovery. Divided into three parts that roughly cover the sequence of events during recovery, this book is written as a navigational tool for people with SCI and their families. Illustrating each chapter with the personal histories of patients, the text covers what will happen during initial hospitalization, rehabilitation therapy, readjusting to home, the effects of spinal cord injury on other family members, dating and sexuality, independent living choices, and current research. The book is well organized, and each chapter can be read independently. While it doesn't necessarily provide the "how-to" about some practicalities, this guide does give a complete picture of the road to recovery and the psychosocial issues that need to be resolved to live successfully with SCI. For disability/rehabilitation consumer health collections.--Kate Kelly, Massachusetts General Hosp. Lib., Boston Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Booknews
The authors created this self-help guide for those who have suffered a spinal cord injury because "Our experience...tells us that recovery and successful living after injury go more smoothly when people know what to expect...." The descriptions of each aspect of life following the injury, from what happens in the hospital and the emotional effects which accompany the trauma, to the new lives experienced afterwards, are supplemented with the personal stories of those who have suffered this injury. Of the three authors, two are psychologists and one is an MD affiliated with the rehabilitation program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. A list of resources is included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Kirkus Reviews
paper: 0-8018-6353-8 Wide-ranging advice from experienced caregivers to those coping with the stunning life changes accompanying spinal cord injury, this lacks the voice and special support that might be given by someone personally affected. Psychologists Palmer and Kreigsman and physician Palmer are matter-of-fact, clear, and well-organized: they know what specific problems and issues—physical, emotional, and social—will face those with such traumatic injury, and they detail what help is needed and available. Part I, for example, covers "Trauma, Hospitalization, and Rehabilitation," and the authors are clear on the magnitude of difficulty involved in recovery: "The reality of a spinal cord injury is often intensified by other life-threatening injuries. Initially, your mission is to survive physically; then later, emotionally." They explain the various types of injury (typed by level of vertebrae), and the progression of care during the initial hospitalization. In Part II, "The Challenges of Readjustment," the authors look at how life changes after discharge from hospital: often, returning home in a wheelchair for the first time drives home the reality of the injury. Adjustments to this new life are considered in depth. Finally, in Part III, "Successful Living with Spinal Cord Injury," the authors describe current research in the field and look at issues over the long haul. Thorough, up-to-date, sympathetic—though firmly from the professional viewpoint.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801887789
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Series:
A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Gary Karp

The sheer complexity and quantity of issues we face in the early stages of spinal cord injury easily overwhelm. These experts have provided a reassuring resource that helps people with recent injuries and their families gain their bearings during a time of great change. This book shines light on their path ahead, whatever is to come.

Meet the Author

Sara Palmer, Ph.D., is a psychologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Kay Harris Kriegsman, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland, author of Taking Charge: Teenagers Talk about Life and Physical Disabilities, and a consultant on disability issues. Jeffrey B. Palmer, M.D., is a professor in and director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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