February 1973

Physiological Basis of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Author Affiliations

Richmond, Va


Edited by John A. Downey, MD, Robert C Darling, MD. Price, $15. Pp 445, with 121 illustrations. WB Saunders Co, W Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19105, 1971.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;131(2):310. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.00320080146035

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This book is intended to supply practitioners of rehabilitation medicine with extensive background knowledge which should enable them to deduce from normal physiological responses conclusions about probable responses of patients. Since, as the two editors emphasize, an encyclopedic approach is impossible in a single volume, their selection of topics was not "wholly logical nor comprehensive." Furthermore, as in all books written by many authors, the chapters vary a great deal in style and depth of presentation. Nearly all chapters have extensive references mainly covering the most important literature of the last 15 years. The illustrations are mostly well chosen, and the subject index seems complete and useful.

The first two chapters "Upper and Lower Motor Neurons" and "Cerebellum and Basal Ganglia" by M. B. Carpenter start with an anatomical approach, but he discusses extensively the functional consequences of various central nervous system lesions.

H. I. C. Dubo and R.

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