How t o Get Equipment for Disability, compiled by Michael Mandelstam. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 118 Pentonville Road, London N 1 9JN, and Kogan Page, London, for The Disabled Living Foundation, 1990 (ISBN 1 85302 095 8).528 pages. f12.95.
The purpose of this book is t o provide an 'authoritative single guide' t o the systems of supply of equipment t o disabled people in the United Kingdom. A mammoth task was undertaken by Michael Mandelstam with, I feel, a great deal of success. Aimed at health professionals and all those involved in the planning and delivery of equipment (in its broadest sense) t o disabled people, this handbook outlines the legislation, local practice and working of the system nationwide. It covers all types of equipment from wheelchairs and walking aids t o footwear and prostheses. The material is densely packed and it is essential to read chapter I 'How t o Use', t o make t h e m o s t of t h e information. Essentially it is for reference at need rather than a textbook. Information is current at time of publication with the new community care legislation included where relevant. Positive features are the flow charts at the beginning of each chapter and the practice of boxing-off information. These make for greater ease of reading. This book appears to be a very welcome first in its field and of value to all who supply equipment to patients. It is an excellent reference volume for physiotherapy departments or community services but not for patients who would not require this volume of information. JANET LEITH MCSP Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy, by Philip
J Rasch PhD FACSM. Lea and Febiger (UK) Ltd, 145a Croydon Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3RB (7th edn), 1989 (ISBN 0 8121 1132 X). Illus. 286 pages. f19. The stated intent of this book is t o serve as an introductory text for kinesiology, the biomechanics of human movement. In comparison with previous editions, less emphasis has been placed on basic musculoskeletal anatomy, w i t h more importance assigned to biomechanical and neuromotor considerations, to enable the reader to understand better simple biomechanical models of musculoskeletal systems. The main author of the book is Philip J Rasch, formerly chief of the physiology division, Naval Medical Field Research Laboratory, Camp Lejeune, NC, and coauthor of previous editions of the text. Contributors include Mark D Grabiner, department of musculoskeletal research, Cleveland Clinical Foundations, Cleveland, Ohio; Robert J Gregor, department of kinesiology, University of California at Los Angeles, California; John Garhammer, department of physical education, California State University at Long Beach, California. The content of the book is organised into three major sections: foundations of kinesiology, basic anatomy and biomechanics of specific structures, and applied kinesiology. Following an interesting introduction based on the history of kinesiology, the first section develops a kinesiological approach to study of bone, muscle and nerve tissue and systems, and concludes with t w o chapters or1 biomechanics, the first devoted to the basic concepts, principles and laws
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of mechanics, and the second concentrating on kinematic and kinetic approaches to the analysis of motion. The second section systematically reviews the anatomical and biomechanical considerations of the major joints and joint complexes in fairly general terms and provides a list of study questions t o
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The link system of the human body. The straight lines indicate the effective levers for rotary actions between one joint centre and the next in sequence. A n illustration from 'Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy' encourage the students t o investigate each topic more comprehensively. Finally, the section on applied kinesiology considers the analysis and assessment of h u m a n m o v e m e n t performance, t h e principles of training and development, and kinesiology in daily living. This section is considerably briefer than its equivalent in the sixth edition, and is, as such, perhaps rather limited in scope. As the previous edition, this book provides an eminently readable text as a basic introduction t o kinesiology. It is well organised, adequately illustrated and clearly presented. In comparison w i t h the sixth edition, the book is more concise, resulting, perhaps, in some sections being rather simplistic in nature. However, the linking of biomechanical and neuromotor considerations t o a greater degree is a welcome emphasis. Each chapter concludes with a list of references and recommended reading, which are on the whole adequate, but could be more extensive and up t o date. In conclusion, this book provides, as its authors claim, an introductory text for kinesiology; it would serve as a useful basic text for physiotherapy students, t o be supplemented by directed reading in the areas covered by the book. KATHLEEN M KERR BA MCSP DipTP DipHE
Disorders of Posture and Gait 1990, edited by Thomas Brandt, Walter Paulus, Willem Bles, Marianne Dieterich, Siebert Krafczyk and Andreas Straube. George Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart, 1990 (ISBN 3 13 756001 2). Illus. 482 pages. D M 98. Books of conference proceedings which are not called conference proceedings might look good on the CVs of the editors but can mislead the prospective purchaser or reader.
This book is, in fact, the proceedings of the tenth international symposium of the Society for Postural and Gait Research held in Munich in September 1990. Unfortunately, the confusion does not end there because neither the Society nor the book are well named. While there are a few papers on gait, the vast majority are concerned with the neurological basis of postural control. The volume comprises a total of 100 contributions, all very m u c h typical conference papers, of around 1,750 words average length, presented within seven sections: control of balance in man and machine; h o w t o analyse posture and gait; reflexes, synergies and strategies; vestibular and multisensory function: development, adaption, training, sport; pharmacological effects; pathological patterns and gait disorders. The book is not terribly easy t o read. It is printed from camera-ready copy - lots and lots of different typefaces, some of which are not easy t o follow. Stylistically some papers from over the warer are poor and contain errors. If you need t o be bang up to date on international research on the neurological basis of postural control, then this book is a godsend. Otherwise keep your D M 98 in the bank. PETER BOWKER PhD
Physiotherapy in Veterinary Practice, by Mary W Bromiley FCSP RPT, aided by Barry Park BVM&S MRCVS and Patrick Sweeney MRCVS. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Library of Veterinary Practice, Oxford (ISBN 0 632 02833 5). Illus. 135 pages. Paperback, f 13.50. This book is a welcome 'first' i n documenting physiotherapy for large and small animals. It is written by a Chartered physiotherapist a n d t w o veterinary surgeons. Many years of hard work and experience in this field have obviously preceded this comprehensive text. The first t w o chapters describe conditions affecting horses and dogs. The biomechanics and applied anatomy of these animals are a great help and explain t o the reader h o w many of these injuries may occur. The next eight chapters describe the application of, indications for and physiology of, the relevant physiotherapeutic modalities. There follows an excellent chapter on rehabilitation and exercise therapy. The whole book is well illustrated and the photographs are good quality, pertinent and self-explanatory. Safety of both patient and operator is stressed throughout the book as is the point t h a t diagnosis m u s t be accurate for treatment t o be effective. The appendices describe guide lines on dosages (always open t o controversy by differeiit schools of thought) and information on suppliers of the relevant machines. This book is more technical than Mrs Bromiley's first book Equine Injury and Therapy and the level of information given would indicate it t o be of great value to Chartered physiotherapists, veterinary surgeons and students of both the above wishing to treat animals by these modalities. It is well presented and good value at its price.
M R WOOD MCSP