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April 1976

Stroke and Its Rehabilitation

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New York


volume 12 of the Physical Medicine Library, edited by Sidney Licht, 562 pp, $20, Elizabeth Licht Publisher, 1975.

Arch Neurol. 1976;33(4):310. doi:10.1001/archneur.1976.00500040094029

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This book, the 12th in the Physical Medicine Library series, is a collection of essays dealing with stroke from the physical medicine and rehabilitation viewpoint. Sixteen authors from the fields of physical medicine, neurology, neuropathology, nursing, and social work have contributed 18 chapters and an appendix on stroke. The basic points of the epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis, and acute care of strokes are reviewed in several chapters before the more chronic aspects of stroke care and rehabilitation are discussed. The avowed purpose of this volume is to provide a textbook and reference source on stroke for the resident in rehabilitation medicine; in my opinion, it falls short of its goal. The essays vary in their merit; several are balanced, well-referenced reviews of a topic. Others are personal and anecdotal with few, and in one case no, references. The editor appears to have exercised little control over content, eg, the chapter dealing

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