Reviewer: Daniel B. Hier, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a well-written, clear, and highly readable review of the potential for neural repair and transplantation to enhance recovery after damage to the nervous system.
Purpose: This book is coauthored by two investigators from the Centre for Brain Repair in Cambridge, England. They seek to introduce the principles underlying the emerging field of neural transplantation for neurological illnesses.
Audience: The primary audience is clinically active rehabilitation specialists such as physiatrists, neurologists, speech pathologists, neuropsychologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.
Features: There are three superb introductory chapters on regeneration in the nervous system, strategies for repair and protection of the CNS, and principles of neural transplantation. In subsequent chapters the potential role of neural transplantation in Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and spinal cord injury is examined.
Assessment: This book is a pleasure to read. It is clear, informative, and well-written. It introduces a complex subject in a lucid fashion for both physicians and non-physicians. Important issues in the field of neurorehabilitation are addressed with special emphasis on the emerging technique of neural transplantation. I highly recommend this book to any rehabilitation professional from psychologist to neurologist who is interested in the future of neurorehabilitation.