July 22, 1983

Krusen's Handbook of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Author Affiliations

VA Outpatient Clinic Harvard Medical School Boston


by Frederic J. Kottke, G. Keith Stillwell, and Justus F. Lehmann, ed 3; 1,023 pp, with illus, $45, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1982.

JAMA. 1983;250(4):533-534. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340040073040

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This third edition of Krusen is a considerable departure from the second edition of 1971. It is a most comprehensive, multiauthored work. Three editors, all with Mayo Clinic experience, write eight of 52 chapters—the remainder are written by 22 other contributors from various parts of this country, and two from abroad.

The scope of the book is large, including sections on arthritis, amputation, stroke, brain damage in children, spinal cord injury, auditory disorders, pulmonary and cardiac disease, burns, and cancer. Its scholarly nature is underlined throughout by references to basic physiology and with chapters specially devoted to motor function, gait analysis, electromyography, and nerve conduction, including one on the effects of immobilization. The physiological effect of various forms of physical therapy is well documented with extensive citations to the literature.

The psychological reaction to injury seems to be the newest theme in rehabilitation. While the psychology of the injured person