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Wherever this volume lives up to its title as being a Textbook on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, it provides the reader with an excellent outline for the care of the convalescing patient. The value of the text is decreased by the dilution of this information with the addition of often prolonged clinicopathologic and metabolic discussions that are better left to general textbooks of medicine, pathology, or physiology. The physician using this as a reference text in rehabilitation medicine does not need another recitation of the Kreb's cycle or another list of the causes of hypertension. The surgeon using the text will have already read a cut by cut description of leg amputation and may not appreciate the admonition to use a "clean, sharp knife" on page 379! The paramedical readers, such as physical and occupational therapists, social workers, and psychologists will not be equipped to profit from the discussions of
Kaplan H. Rehabilitation Medicine. A Textbook on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Ed 2.. Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(6):964-965. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870060162048