December 3, 1982

The Child With Disabling Illness: Principles of Rehabilitation

Author Affiliations

San Francisco General Hospital


edited by John A. Downey and Niels L. Low, ed 2; 683 pp, with illus, $49, New York, Raven Press, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(21):2909-2910. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330210081050

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


The first edition of this tome established itself as an essential text in the field of pediatric rehabilitation medicine. The editors of the second edition again present their material in four major sections.

The first, on selected chronic medical illnesses, has significantly updated both its statistics and the medical management approach to the child with chronic asthma. The section on disorders of the neuromuscular system has added an important chapter on seizure disorders, producing a good, basic review. The chapter on cerebral palsy again concentrates primarily on motor effects and pays little attention to associated disorders such as sensory deficits. The section on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and injuries has added a brief but important discussion on "treatment of foot and ankle in cerebral palsy and myelomeningocele." This complements well the ensuing chapter on orthosis for children, which is well illustrated and conceptually well organized. The discussion of scoliosis