Medical Aspects of Disability, Fourth Edition

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Medical Aspects of Disability, Fourth Edition

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A Handbook for the Rehabilitation Professional


  • Steven Flanagan MD
  • Herb Zaretsky PhD
  • Alex Moroz MD

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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

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 20, 2010
  • Page Count 784
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826127839
  • EISBN 9780826127846

About The Author(s) 

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.

Table of Contents 

Part I An Introduction to Key Topics and Issues

Comprehensive Rehabilitation

Part II: Disabling Conditions and Disorders

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Alzheimer's Disease//Dementia
Traumatic Brain Injury
Burn Injuries
Cardiovascular Disorders
Chronic Pain Syndromes
Diabetes Mellitus
Speech, Language, Hearing, and Swallowing Disorders
Hematologic Disorders
Developmental Disabilities
Neuromuscular Disorders
Musculoskeletal Disorders
Pediatric Disorder
Peripheral Vascular Disorders
Psychiatric Disabilities
Pulmonary Disorders
Chronic Kidney Disease
Rheumatic Diseases
Spinal Cord Injury
Visual Impairments

Part III Special Topics

Integrative Medicine and Its Relationship to Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation Nursing
Educating Patients Toward Independence
Social Work and Rehabilitation
Telerehabilitation - Solution to Distant and International Care
The Computer Revolution and Assistive Technology
Trends in Medical Rehabilitation Delivery and Payment Systems
Legislation and Rehabilitation Professionals
Accreditation - A Quality Framework in the Consumer-Centric Era
Outcomes Measurement and Quality Improvement in an Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Setting
Geriatric Rehabilitation
Organ Transplantation
Research Directions
Limb Deficiency