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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Craig S Nadelson, BS, DO (Indiana University School of Medicine)
Description: This is a lengthy and complete book of rehabilitation for musculoskeletal injuries. It includes physiologic background and applications in addition to the description of techniques. This is the second edition; the first was published in 2001.
Purpose: The purpose is to expand on the techniques employed in rehabilitation beyond the technical level. It aims to include a broad array of information that would normally require several books to cover. The author tries to address the why, how, when, and what of rehabilitation, rather than just what to do. The book meets these objectives and promotes critical thinking in addition to the basic rehab techniques. The book is very complete.
Audience: The book targets athletic trainers and physical therapists and also would be helpful to physicians who practice sports medicine and deal with musculoskeletal injuries. The author seems to be a credible authority.
Features: Particularly notable are the chapter summaries, critical thinking questions, and lab activities to encourage hands-on experience with the techniques learned. The illustrations are very helpful in guiding technique performance. The book is complete; there are no obvious shortcomings.
Assessment: The book is well written and serves its intended purpose well. Although it is large and somewhat costly, I can see how buying this one book might spare a person the cost of spending even more on several to replace it. Even though updating a book every couple of years is necessary, it would be difficult to justify the cost of replacing the first edition based on the updates. If you don't have the first edition, it would be a great purchase.