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.
Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide for Livingby Sara Palmer, Kay Harris Kriegsman, Jeffrey B. Palmer
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 injuryrecovery and coping, sex and family matters, transportation and housing, employment and/i>
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 injuryrecovery and coping, sex and family matters, transportation and housing, employment and leisureand 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.
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.
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.
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.
What People are saying about this
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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