Prosthetics and Orthotics: Lower Limb and Spine Ron Seymour, PT, PhD. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2002. 485 pages, $67.00.
Dr. Seymour and his colleagues are to be congratulated for this very complete and complex review of the subjects of prosthetics and orthotics for patients with lower limb and spinal problems and needs. The text is organized in a way that makes it conducive to course teaching, with chapters done in sections, including an introduction to general topics, prosthetics, orthotics, and clinical case studies. A glossary of associated terms completes the text.
An obvious goal of the seven authors was to make the text “user friendly” with numerous photos, line drawings, resource boxes, key points reviews, and critical thinking review questions. In this way, the authors treated the almost “atlas” amount of content in more digestible portions.
Another well-achieved goal was the inclusion of much relevant and recent research, which is available throughout the scattered scientific literature. The numerous citations represent a thorough and complete review of these topics. Supplemental addresses and web sites complete the resource offerings.
Although only covered briefly in the early introduction, the authors were careful not to portray the text as a means of teaching physical therapists how to function as orthotists and/or prosthetists. This subject was handled quite respectfully with reference tables and charts noting which alignment or component changes fall into the purview of the Certified Prosthetist or Orthotist, and which may be managed by the physical therapist.
The appendix of the book details patient management case studies that include more than the appropriate orthosis or prosthesis. This section should prove useful to the physical therapy faculty who has limited clinical experience in these areas but who needs to present a comprehensive approach to an important and challenging group of needy and often biomechanically demanding patients.