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Book and Media Reviews
November 28, 2007

Physical Therapy of Cerebral Palsy

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(20):2422-2427. doi:10.1001/jama.298.20.2423

This book was written by an orthopedic surgeon and the content is broad, covering the etiology and overall medical management of cerebral palsy, with the longest chapter devoted to gait. The title of the book is somewhat misleading, as the focus is not physical therapy of cerebral palsy but rather is derived from the author's previously published text, Cerebral Palsy. It appears that the chapters devoted to orthopedic surgery and patient management were removed from the previous text, to create this new book. For this reason, the intended audience is not clearly defined. The back cover notes indicate that this book will be valuable to physical therapists, yet the author singularly addresses physicians in several sections. In the introductory paragraphs of chapters 4 and 5, he writes that physicians should be knowledgeable about the therapies or durable medical equipment they prescribe.

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