October 1974

Functional Aids for the Multiply Handicapped

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Richmond, Va


by Isabel P. Robinault, PhD, 256 pp, with 300 illus, $10, Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(4):791-792. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320220193049

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This book, although very well organized and illustrated, contains probably very little that is not known to at least one member of a well-staffed physical therapy or occupational therapy department in one of the big institutions devoted to rehabilitation. However, the book is more intended for the physical or occupational therapist working alone at a small institution and also for the visiting nurse or therapist. Many of the discussed gadgets can be made by an amateur mechanic. This book indeed brings to the isolated worker the combined knowledge of a big well-trained staff. Most useful is a list of the addresses of commercial sources for the various appliances.

The only criticism that I have is the fact that the book was prepared under the auspices of the United Cerebral Palsy Association, and in consequence the needs only of children, pre-teens, and young adults are carefully considered under four main

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