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June 23, 1989

Rehabilitation Medicine: Principles and Practice

Author Affiliations

University of California— San Francisco

University of California— San Francisco

JAMA. 1989;261(24):3622-3623. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420240136048

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Dr DeLisa and his section editors have produced the most comprehensive text available in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The task established by the authors, to encompass both basic principles and practice techniques in patient management, which is so seldom encountered in a volume of this size, has been admirably achieved.

It is most difficult to obtain consistency in style and format in a multidisciplinary, multiauthored text, but the editors have obviously provided expertise and detailed individual counsel to each of the authors.

The book is divided into four major categories, "Evaluation," "Diagnosis and Management," "Major Rehabilitation Problems," and "Rehabilitation of Specific Disorders." Each major category is further subdivided into 9 to 16 constituent chapters. This allows for a general overview of principles, such as the chapter on "Rehabilitation of the Pediatric Patient," yet provides specifics of pediatric neurological rehabilitation under "Rehabilitation of Patients With Diseases Affecting the