Stroke Rehabilitation. Brandstater M, Basmajian J (eds.). Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins, 1987, 441 pages, hardcover, $58.50.
For health professionals (therapists, nurses, physicians) involved with the rehabilitation of clients who have had a stroke, this edition in the Rehabilitation Library Series (RLS) of publications will be quite helpful and informative.
It combines many works from the clinical setting with those from recent research on strokes from the various centers in the United States and Canada. The book is supposed to offer a broad approach to rehabilitation that the editors claim to be multidisciplinary, reflecting those various concerns of the clinical professions, however, most of the 19 authors are physicians or therapists. For it to be more multidisciplinary perhaps additional contributors from the fields of nursing, occupational health therapy, and recreation therapy should have been included.
Rehabilitation nurses, who have the most frequent and closest contact with the patient/client and his family, were not listed as authors. Adding these contributors would have given the book a more well-rounded approach to the problems of caring for one with a stroke as well as perhaps adding to its readership. In all fairness to the editors however, there are other RLS books that are supposed to have as contributors the above health professionals.
The book is easy to read and comprehend. Many of the book's authors are on the leading edge in rehabilitative research and clinical practice. Chapters one through four were useful in the clinical setting. Their titles ranged from "Epidemiology of Cerebrovascular Disease" and "Clinical Syndromes Associated with Strokes" to "Diagnosis and Management of the Acute Stroke Patient" and "Process of Recovery from Stroke."
With the numbers of strokes increasing in prevalence as the aging process continues, most health professionals who care for the aged client/patient will find this book to be a welcome addition to their libraries.