Neuromuscular Disorders in the Adult: A Practical Manual.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Ahmed-Landeryou, Musharrat J.
Pub Date: 04/01/2011
Publication: Name: British Journal of Occupational Therapy Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. ISSN: 0308-0226
Issue: Date: April, 2011 Source Volume: 74 Source Issue: 4
Topic: NamedWork: Neuromuscular Disorders in the Adult: A Practical Manual (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Hilton-Jones, David; Freebody, Jane; Stein, Jane
Accession Number: 254827359
Full Text: NEUROMUSCULAR DISORDERS IN THE ADULT: A PRACTICAL MANUAL. David Hilton-Jones, Jane Freebody and Jane Stein. Oxford University Press, 2011. 21.95 [pounds sterling]. 200 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-958035-4

This small book is aimed at all specialist staff working with adults with neuromuscular disorders. Chapter 1 provides easy to read information on several neuromuscular disorders, separating the content into the following: description, including age onset; outward features/signs; symptoms; diagnosis; and key facts. This 'quick view' format of chapter 1 is useful as an introduction to each of the identified disorders. Chapters 2, 'Medical management', and 3, 'Hospital admissions', have some technical and general information that may not always be required for day-to-day practice of occupational therapy in this specialty. Chapters 4 to 7 identify, briefly, the rehabilitative involvement from mobility and psychological wellbeing to daily living, which provides for the occupational therapy reader relevant, brief information of some key elements of rehabilitation. These chapters (4 to 7) are easy to read and the reader can use the information to gain ideas for further reading (for example, what are the criteria/limitations for a ceiling track hoist? Or, what is the role of occupational therapists in sex and personal relationships?). Chapter 8 provides a useful reference list of contact details of specialist organisations, charities and websites that can be of use for further information research.

Overall, this is a well organised pocket-size book of introductory information that would be a useful reference book to borrow from the library for occupational therapy students on placement, or newly qualified occupational therapists working in this field /specialty.

Musharrat J Ahmed-Landeryou, Senior Lecturer, BSc Hons Occupational Therapy, London South Bank University.
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