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Exercise in Rehabilitation Medicine, 2nd Edition
Editors: Frontera, Walter R., M.D., Ph.D.; Slovik, David M., M.D.; Dawson, David M., M.D. Bibliographic Data: (ISBN: 0-7360-5541-X, Human Kinetics, Inc., 2006, $95.00) 454 pages, hard cover. Subjects: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine.
DESCRIPTION: This book is a review of both the principles of exercise and the benefits of exercise in certain medical conditions and patient populations. PURPOSE: The authors successfully meet their objectives of providing an up-to-date and in-depth discussion of the basic science and clinical correlations of exercise as a therapeutic and rehabilitative strategy. Exercise is a key component of rehabilitation and professionals should be familiar with this modality as a treatment strategy. AUDIENCE: This book should be useful to different professionals including physicians practicing rehabilitation medicine, physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, nurses, and exercise physiologists. However, it seems most appropriate for physicians and other health care professionals with extensive training and exposure to exercise in their practice. The chapters are well-written by credible authorities. FEATURES: The organization and content of this book follows a logical progression and is helpful to the reader. The initial section covers basic concepts such as exercise type and physiologic responses to exercise. Other sections include exercise testing, exercise in specific conditions, and exercise in specific patient populations. As a result, this text provides the reader not only with an understanding of exercise but also of the benefits and clinical applicability of exercise to specific clinical situations. ASSESSMENT: This book is a complete, well-written work regarding exercise and its role in rehabilitation. It provides the reader with current information and references and, consequently, justifies a second edition. I recommend that it be in every practitioner's library as a source of factual information and references. RATING: ⋆⋆⋆⋆
James A. Sliwa, D.O.
(Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)