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Physiotherapy 96 (2010) 77–86

Book reviews

Getting Involved in Research: a Pocket Guide. Ann P. Moore, Philippa Lyon (Eds.), NPRN, 2009, 222 pages, £12 for members and £15 for non-members, ISBN 978-1-904400-26-4 There are many books available for purchase today that outline a variety of research-related topics, including types of research studies, analysis and design, and other skills required to conduct research. Unfortunately, very little information is typically available that details ways to initially become involved in the research process, or paths to take once immersed. This book provides an unbiased and unintimidating overview of the career of a clinician scientist from novice to seasoned expert. The content has been selected in such a way as to be relevant to a wide range of readers. The first half of the book, entitled ‘Engaging in research’, appears similar to previous books dealing with the research process and methods used; where it differs is in its approach. The content is healthcare focused, with an emphasis on physiotherapy research, and importantly provides excellent strategies for securing research funding and disseminating findings. The second half of the book, entitled ‘Developing research skills and expertise through education and career pathways’, is what sets this book apart. Personal accounts from researchers with a variety of backgrounds and at different stages in their careers provide the reader with an excellent overview of what to expect should one choose a career in research. The unique challenges that may be expected at different stages along the career path are highlighted, with tips on how to face these challenges successfully. Despite this book being an excellent resource, the title is somewhat misleading – it is larger than a typical pocket guide. This could be rectified by minimising the research methods content that could be obtained elsewhere and in much more detail. That said, this content is sufficient if one is simply looking for an inexpensive and quick overview of research methods. Anyone considering a career in clinical research would find this book highly informative. Michael A. Hunt E-mail address: doi:10.1016/

Understanding Respiratory Medicine – a Problem-orientated Approach, M.R. Partridge (Ed.), Manson, 2006, 176 pages, £19.95, ISBN 978-1-84076-045-3

Learning Disability: Physical Therapy, Treatment and Management—a Collaborative Approach, 2nd ed., J. Rennie (Ed.)., 2nd ed. Wiley, 2007, 355 pages, £34.99, ISBN: 978-0470-01989-4

This is an excellent, clinically orientated text that would be an invaluable companion book for physiotherapy undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking clinical placements in respiratory care, and for clinicians working either in the respiratory area or participating in an on-call and weekend service. The respiratory examination is succinct and effectively illustrated. Many of the sections in the book conclude with case studies, providing an effective learning tool. The numbering of the illustrations in the text is a little confusing at first, as it brings to mind a reference to the text rather than an illustration in support of the material. Readers accustomed to referenced/evidence-based texts may be disappointed, but this is not the aim of the text. The aim is to increase the reader’s understanding of respiratory medicine and this is achieved. There are short recommended reading lists at the end of each chapter. The first section provides an overview of lung disease, the history and examination, lung function tests and thoracic imaging. The second and third sections include lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, interstitial lung disease, pleural diseases, infections, suppurative lung conditions, sleep, respiratory failure, pulmonary vascular problems and pharmacology. The book concludes with multiple choice questions and answers. In summary, this book is highly recommended but should be read in conjunction with evidence-based cardiorespiratory physiotherapy texts.

Jennifer A. Pryor Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, Royal Brompton Hospital, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP, UK E-mail address: doi:10.1016/

This is the long-awaited second edition of a popular book, the first edition of which proved to be an excellent source of information for physiotherapists, students and others working in the field of learning disability. Divided into three parts, the first looks at learning disability and the associated problems that affect physical disability. Part 2 describes the assessment of physical ability and planning intervention. Part 3 is concerned with practical treatment and management. This edition is well laid out in a more up-todate format. It is clear and easy to read, and tables and figures are appropriate and clear, but unlike the first edition, the second edition only contains one photograph. A notable change is the inclusion of references at the end of each chapter, which is very helpful when considering further research. Although some of the references and tables seem dated, current examples are also included in most cases. Several chapters are similar to those in the first edition, but the information they contain is still relevant and valuable when considering this client group. Other chapters have been updated considerably, e.g. Chapter 1 which deals with the historical background and key developments in learning disability worldwide, and encourages a vision of the progress being made across the globe. The section on consent is helpful, but does not include much information on the Mental Capacity Act, presumably because this Act was not fully implemented when the book went to press. Chapter 2 contains useful information on autism, reflecting current global interest and concern for this condition. Chapter 3, written by a different author to the first edition, is essentially a new chapter looking at psychiatric and behavioural disorders. It deals with this complex subject in a clear, concise manner with good tables and examples. There is a short section on dementia, a condition that is becoming more prevalent among people with a learning disability who are now living into old age. Physiotherapy intervention is seen as very important; however, for greater depth, further reading may be required.

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