Sir George Bedbrook is to be commended for providing a holistic perspective on the management issues in the care of the patient with an injured spinal cord, thus filling a long-needed gap.
Although the majority of authors represent the Australian perspective, there is applicability for professionals in all countries. Some 30 contributors were involved in producing this 16-chapter volume. The type is clear and easy to read; photographs and line drawings contribute significantly to comprehension.
What may at first seem to be repetition by a variety of authors ultimately yields increased clarity because of the different perspectives presented. Chapters particularly well done include "Anesthesia and the Paralyzed Patient," "Prevention of Tertiary Complications and Management," and "Prevention and Management of Infection." Greatly appreciated is a separate chapter on care issues specific to the pediatric population.
The chapter on vocational rehabilitation asks who needs to be educated and eruditely concludes that it