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From The CriticsReviewer: Elliot Roth, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This book focuses on visual, perceptual, and cognitive deficits in patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other forms of acquired cerebral dysfunction. Individual chapters cover each of the specific visual, perceptual, and cognitive functions. This is an update of the 1996 edition.
Purpose: It is intended as a resource for clinicians and students to facilitate the application of specific evaluation and treatment techniques for patients with acquired brain injury, and to provide the theoretical and evidence-based support for using these methods. These are important objectives for clinicians, and author meets them.
Audience: The audience includes practitioners and students in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, neuropsychology, optometry, as well as other rehabilitation professionals.
Features: Following relatively brief overviews of theoretical frameworks and issues related to the evaluation and treatment of patients with acquired brain injury, detailed chapters cover each of the major cognitive and perceptual deficits. The strength of the book lies in the chapters relating to cognitive-perceptual functions, most of which provide sufficient (but not overwhelming) background material on the function, highly detailed descriptions of evaluation methods, and moderately thorough reviews of treatment interventions. The best discussions relate to evaluation and assessment measures, each of which is a highly detailed set of guidelines that clinicians can readily follow in their patient care activities. In each chapter, the review of treatment stands out visually. References are numerous and thorough. The final two chapters, on factors influencing visual, perceptual, and cognitive functions and on computer technology aids, are not as thorough, complete, or helpful as the rest of the chapters.
Assessment: This is a useful book for practicing clinicians and students in rehabilitation therapy disciplines, providing the appropriate theoretical and scientific support for certain clinical activities, but mostly providing extensive, detailed, and easy-to-follow guidelines on clinical assessment techniques for patients with cognitive, perceptual, and visual dysfunction. There are several new clinical techniques discussed in this edition that were not included in prior version.