Medical Aspects of Disability: A Handbook for the Rehabilitation Professional

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Springer Publishing Company, 2005 - Law - 944 pages
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Designated a Doody's Core Title!. Medical Aspects of Disability is a true interdisciplinary textbook, representing collaboration between experts from many professions and specialties. An overview of themes and principles of rehabilitation is provided. Numerous disabling conditions and disorders are covered not only from clinical but also functional, psychological, and vocational perspectives. Special topic chapters address important new trends and processes within the field of rehabilitation and health care at large. The book is designed as a resource for rehabilitation professionals across many disciplines. Each chapter provides concise but significant coverage of topics, and extensive references to facilitate further exploration. The book can be used as a textbook and as a reference tool for the practitioner. With the field's increasing move toward evidence-based practice, a need for information in the areas of accreditation and outcome measurement has arisen. In response, the editors have added an essential special topics chapter detailing the importance of the accreditation process as a fundamental component of the quality assurance and improvement process. This is an excellent resource as both a textbook and reference guide, to inform and assist graduate and undergraduate students (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, psychology, nursing, vocational counseling, therapeutic recreation, hospital administration), as well as practitioners, about the most current information on the etiology, and clinical symptoms of a wide variety of medical and disabling conditions.;index

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Herbert H. Zaretsky, PhD, is currently Administrator, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Rusk Institute, New York City University Medical Center, and Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. He received his PhD from Adelphi University. Dr. Zaretsky has published extensively in the field of rehabilitation in such areas as psychological aspects of disability, geriatric rehabilitation, learning and conditioning with the neurologically impaired and spinal-cord injured, rehabilitation psychology and long-term care of the chronically ill, chronic pain management, and behavioral medicine applications to rehabilitation. Dr. Zaretsky is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Past President of APA's Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, and a recipient of the APA's Distinguished Contribution to Rehabilitation Psychology Award. Dr. Zaretsky was formerly Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and recently its Past-Chair. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society's (ACS) Eastern Division (New York/New Jersey), recently served as the Board's Treasurer, is currently a National Division Delegate of the ACS National Assembly, and is the recipient of the St. George Medal, a national award from the ACS in recognition for outstanding contributions to the control of cancer.

Myron G. Eisenberg, PhD, is Director of Psychological Services and Director of Research Services at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hampton, VA, and is Associate Professor of both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk. Additionally, Dr. Eisenberg is the Associate Chief of Staff for education and Research at the Hampton VA Medical Center, and the Education Manager for the Veterans Administration's Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network which includes eight Medical Centers in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. He obtained his PhD from Northwestern University and received postdoctoral training at the University of Toronto's Clarke Institute. Dr. Eisenberg has published extensively in the area of rehabilitation, holds editorial board positions on several journals, is the immediate past Editor of Rehabilitation Psychology, and is a member of several national task forces charged with investigating various quality-of-life issues of importance in persons with chronic disabling conditions. Dr. Eisenberg has received recognition at the local, regional and national level for contributions he has made to the rehabilitation of persons with physical impairments. A Fellow and Past President of the American Psychological Association's Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, he is actively involved in heightening the public's awareness of the importance of rehabilitation through the promotion of research.

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