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February 1981

The Immobilized Patient

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Atlanta

 

by Franz U. Steinberg, 156 pp, $16.50, New York, Plenum Publishing Co, 1980.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(2):260. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380140100041

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Abstract

The title of this small book may lead some physicians astray; however, these seven succinct chapters are packed with information that all physicians should have at their fingertips when they care for patients immobilized for short or long periods of time. The author stresses the fact that every organ system is affected by immobilization. He then concentrates his efforts on discussing the adverse effects of immobilization on the six organ systems most commonly affected.

I found it difficult to select an outstanding chapter. Inclusion of a chapter on the psychological aspects of immobilization was refreshing and stimulating, since physicians frequently overlook this aspect of patient care.

The similarity of the effects of space flight and immobilization has already led to more basic research in this field, and I am sure future studies will provide the clinician with more information that will be of help in the prevention and treatment of

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