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In this era of multiauthored texts, it is a rare pleasure to read a scholarly, comprehensive, and practical monograph such as this one. Dobkin writes clearly. He lays out the case for rehabilitation of neurological disease and proceeds with reviews of plasticity in the nervous system and biological mechanisms of recovery. These provide the scientific foundation for the clinical discussions to follow and an exceptionally clear and well-thought-out agenda for research on mechanisms of recovery.
The remainder of the book is divided into a discussion of common problems in neurological disorders, eg, gait disorders and spasticity, as well as a helpful chapter on assessment and outcome measures and on the management of specific neurological disorders. Throughout, Dobkin reviews the existing literature carefully and dispassionately. The book is well referenced. Sections on stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury are especially strong.
Those seeking a detailed prescriptive manual for rehabilitation
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