When Lightning Strikes: An illustrated guide to stroke prevention and recovery 1st ed.
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Subject:||Books (Book reviews)|
|Publication:||Name: New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy Publisher: New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2005 New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists ISSN: 0303-7193|
|Issue:||Date: Nov, 2005 Source Volume: 33 Source Issue: 3|
|Topic:||NamedWork: When Lightning Strikes: An illustrated guide to stroke prevention and recovery 1st ed. (Book)|
|Persons:||Reviewee: Feigin, Valery|
When Lightning Strikes: An illustrated guide to stroke prevention
and recovery (1st Ed) Valery Feigin (2004) HarperCollins NZ ISBN 1 86950
535 2. Softcover 192 pages; RRP approx. $NZ 34.99
As a clinical neurologist, leading international and national researcher and author, Professor Valery Feigin is well equipped to distil a topic as complex as stroke so that it becomes accessible to people without any medical or health training. Stroke is on the rise, and this timely publication is a gentle reminder that we have a responsibility to do what we can to stem it.
This slightly larger than pocket- sized--book, interspersed with colour figures, photographs and diagrams, takes us on a journey through stroke. Chapter 1 discusses the anatomy of the brain, its function, as well as a paragraph on brain plasticity and neuronal adaptation. Feigin then moves onto discuss the different types of strokes, including TIAs, and follows this up in Chapters 3 and 4 by taking a comprehensive look at risk factors for stroke and what we can do about them. Advice is given on topics as diverse as genetic influences, what a healthy food pyramid looks like and the dangers inherent in a sedentary lifestyle. The second half of the book focuses on the management of stroke in both acute and post-acute phases. Chapter 5 presents the principles of acute stroke management and the subsequent (brief) chapter summarises stroke outcome. Rehabilitation is then discussed, and hints are given in Chapter 8 on how to care for a stroke patient, with tips for positioning and handling, physical therapy, and the management of stroke sequelae in all its myriad forms. The last chapter answers commonly asked questions such as 'Is it possible to have sex after a stroke of TIA?, and 'Can someone drive a care after a stroke or TIA? An appendix details a range of useful information--such as a guide for BMI, an example of a stroke person's diary and goal-setting sheet, along with several healthy recipes! A glossary is provided, along with contact lists for stroke organizations in NZ and abroad, and further resources such as 'Life after stroke'--the NZ Guideline Group publication.
This fairly ambitious, broad-brush approach mostly works well. The author accommodates the needs of both reading audiences--those who wish to prevent a stroke and those who have to learn how to deal with the aftermath of stroke. In this sense, the book is two in one and it not only belongs in the doctor's waiting room, the physiotherapy clinic and the public library, but also in the stroke unit, medical ward and rehab unit. It's target audience includes those who need to know more about risk factors and those already at risk, as well as people who have experienced a stroke and their carers. The only real concession made to covering this amount of information is that some of the diagrams and photographs are so small (although in colour) that they are difficult to view. For example, in the chapter on caring for the stroke patient, the novice would be hard pushed to follow the photographs on passive movements, positioning, turning, care of the shoulder and transferring, but as a prompt to reinforce earlier learning they may be sufficient.
In summary, this pragmatic guide to stroke prevention and recovery covers a host of topics not dealt with easily in other publications--made all the more readable with its generous supply of photographs and diagrams. Warmly recommended for anyone you know of over the age of 40 with a tendency towards hypertension or those coming to terms with what it means to have a stroke, and a worthy addition to any physiotherapy clinic waiting room.
Sue Lord, Department of Medicine (Rehabilitation), Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago
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