Medical Aspects of Disability, Fourth Edition: A Handbook for the Rehabilitation Professional

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Like its predecessor, the book remains one of the best sources of rehabilitation practice preparation for students and the most enlightened guide for rehabilitation professionals." --Nan Zhang Hampton, PhD, CRC Department of Counseling and School Psychology University of Massachusetts

Medical Aspects of Disability has continually been the go-to resource for health care professionals, educators, and students. Now in its fourth edition, this landmark volume has been substantially revised, updated, and expanded-comprehensively describing aspects of disability pertaining to medical conditions commonly encountered in rehabilitation settings.

This edition discusses important topics that have come to the forefront of medical rehabilitation and disability, covering disabling conditions and disorders not only from clinical but also functional and psychological perspectives. Chapter authors, among the most widely respected authorities in their respective fields, provide comprehensive guides on what to expect and how to manage each medical issue, discussing the causative agents, classification, pain management, psychological factors, and much more.

Emerging Topics Discussed:

  • Social work in physical medicine
  • The information revolution, disability, and assistive technology
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Trends in medical rehabilitation delivery and payment systems
  • Legislation and rehabilitation professionals
  • Telerehabilitation: solutions to distant and international care

Disabling Conditions and Disorders Included:

  • Geriatric rehabilitation
  • Limb deficiency
  • Organ transplantation
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Epilepsy
  • Visual impairments
  • Peripheral vascular disorders
  • Rehabilitation in cancer patients
  • AIDS and HIV
  • Rehabilitation in burns
  • Speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders

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Steven R. Flanagan, MD, is the chairman, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, and medical director, Rusk Rehabilitation, New York University--Langone Medical Center. Dr. Flanagan is widely published with over 50 journal articles and book chapters and has researched the impact and treatment of brain injury. He is a frequent guest in multimedia venues and has lectured both nationally and internationally on topics related to brain injury and rehabilitation.



Herb Zaretsky, PhD, is currently clinical professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine and has also served for many years as the administrator, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Rusk Institute, New York University--Langone Medical Center. He received his PhD from Adelphi University. He 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 in rehabilitation. Dr. Zaretsky is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), past president of APA's Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, and recipient of APA's Distinguished Contributions to Rehabilitation Psychology Award. He is a long-serving member of the board of directors of the national and international Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and currently is chair of the CARF board. Dr. Zaretsky was also formerly president of the board of directors of the American Cancer Society's (ACS) Eastern Division (New York and New Jersey) and the recipient of the St. George Medal, a national award from ACS in recognition of outstanding contributions to the control of cancer.



Alex Moroz, MD, is associate professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, and was an editor and contributing author to the fourth edition of Medical Aspects of Disability for the Rehabilitation Professional. He continues to build an impressive journal article publication resume (more than 40 articles); has received multiple grants including the Hartford Foundation, American Geriatrics Society grant to develop a geriatrics curriculum for physical medicine and rehabilitation residents; and is a four-time Teaching Excellence Award winner (2001, 2008, 2011, 2015) from the graduating resident class.

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