Rehabilitation medicine has a clear but complex mission. As the 13th century physician-philosopher Maimonides once remarked, "To sustain and nurture a man alive in the throes of disease and disability is as great a miracle as to create him." This credo, emblematic of physiatry's calling, is well represented in the pages of Dr Randall L. Braddom's new rehabilitation textbook, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Intended as a revitalized rendition of an earlier classical rehabilitation text, Krusen's Handbook of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, this volume aims to expand and modernize its coverage of PM&R. The goal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, according to its editor, is to "meet the needs of the modern practitioner." By providing state-of-the art information, this volume is a nice complement to its legendary predecessor. As one of several formidable physiatry textbooks that have become available in recent years, Braddom's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is likely to appeal