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Medical Aspects of Disability: A Handbook for the Rehabilitation Professional, Third Edition
Herbert H. Zaretsky, PhD; Edwin F. Richter III, MD; Myron G. Eisenberg, PhD

Book Details:
Published: April 2005
ISBN: 0-8261-7973-8
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 800
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Price: $79.95

Editorial Review by June Halper, MSN, ANP, FAAN:
This third edition of a comprehensive resource has much to offer the MS healthcare team or other healthcare delivery systems in neurorehabilitation and chronic illness. It is a compendium of resource material and basic concepts that the reader will find extremely valuable in long-term practice.

It opens with a chapter on themes, models and issues in a comprehensive setting and describes a variety of programs and leit motifs that can provide a range of assessments and interventions. The authors present a focus on data collection both on the inpatient and outpatient basis with an emphasis of measures to assess quality of life and outcomes of rehabilitation. This chapter is followed by a thorough overview of the structure and function of the body systems in clear and understandable was supported by graphics and diagrams.

Once the basic framework is provided, the book is divided Section II and Section III. Section II focuses on disabling conditions and disorders such as HIV-AIDS, SCI, hemiplegia, visual impairments, neuromuscular disorders, and developmental disabilities. These chapters (3-27) are succinct but well done with a vast amount of information about each topic.

Section III contains a unique focus on rehabilitation nursing, CAM in rehabilitation, Social Work and rehabilitation, trends in Medical Rehabilitation Delivery, assistive devices, advocacy topics such as legislations, and outcomes measurement.

Medical Aspects of Disability (3rd Edition) edited by Herbert H. Zaretsky, Edwin F. Richter III, and Myron G. Eisenberg is a valuable compendium and excellent resource. It is well written, theme driven, and up-to-date in its information. This reviewer is pleased to recommend it to our readers without reservation.

About the Reviewer:
June Halper is a certified adult nurse practitioner who has specialized in multiple sclerosis since 1978. She was a founder of the Gimbel MS Center in Teaneck, NJ and has been the Executive Director since 1989. In 1993, the Gimbel MS Center was named the administrative seat of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, the largest organization of MS healthcare professionals in the world. Ms. Halper was president of the CMSC from 1995-97 and has been the Executive Director since 1997.

Ms. Halper has published and lectured extensively on multiple sclerosis and its ramifications and is the editor of Comprehensive Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis and Advanced Concepts in Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis, and co-editor of Staying Well with Multiple Sclerosis: A Self-Care Guide. Ms. Halper chaired the first Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Specialist Consensus Committee’s development of a monograph on the nurse’s role in adherence to complex protocols; the impact of cognitive impairment in MS nursing care; and the nurse’s role in patient’s and family’s quality of life. She chaired the second such committee which published Multiple Sclerosis: Best Practices in Nursing Care, Disease Management, Pharmacologic Treatment, Nursing Research. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the founding director of IOMSN, the International Organization of MS Nurses, and the recipient of the IOMSN’s first June Halper Award for Excellence in Nursing in Multiple Sclerosis. She was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in November 1999.

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