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From The CriticsReviewer: David A Brown, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This comprehensive book describes the basic neuroscience and anatomy of stroke, the physiology of neural recovery after focal injury, and the effectiveness of clinical interventions for stroke from a multidisciplinary and international perspective.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a practical clinical guide to evidence-based stroke rehabilitation built on a foundation of basic neurophysiology and neuroscience. This book is the first to take such a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to post-stroke rehabilitation care and it is much needed now that the neuroscience underlying neural recovery and plasticity has developed so rapidly. This book meets the objectives by providing over 45 chapters of information across the spectrum from neurophysiology and pathology through psychological and social adaptations post-stroke.
Audience: It is appropriate for practicing clinicians (physical and occupational therapists, neuropsychologists, nurses, physicians, etc.) and the multidisciplinary clinician-researchers who are interested in the most contemporary information on stroke rehabilitation.
Features: The book covers a wide range of topics in stroke rehabilitation including medical conditions, neurophysiology of recovery processes, key neurologic impairments, important complications, stroke care systems models, and psychosocial and community integration models. The chapters on treatment of neurologic impairments deserve special mention as they address a variety of important concerns that clinicians might encounter in patients during the stroke rehabilitation process. The structure of the book is consistent with the ICIDH model of rehabilitation, addressing health condition, impairment, disability, participation, and contextual factors. The extensive bibliographies at the end of each of the 47 chapters provide a rich literature review from the key papers in each area. Some chapters appear to rely more on basic data figures from individual studies rather than on summarizing figures, but this may be reflective of the immediacy of the information that is provided.
Assessment: This an important contribution to the clinical literature on post-stroke rehabilitation as it brings together, for the first time, a comprehensive survey of the most important topics. The use of the complete spectrum of care model helps clinicians become well versed with the approach to patient care at a holistic level, and allows clinician-researchers to stay up to date with the latest and greatest discoveries and concepts that are emerging in this area.