Book Recommendations – Textbooks

Neurorehabilitation Technology


Consolidates the significant advances in this field over the last twenty years and the implications for clinical practice in neurorehabilitation. Explains the physiological requirements for effective application of technologies and the limitations of technologies in neurorehabilitation. It reflects the appropriate utilization of such technologies in the rehabilitation of neurologic patients following stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and movement disorders due to neurological diseases, generating considerable interest in this new and exciting area of medicine.

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Emerging Therapies in Neurorehabilitation II


This book reports on the latest technological and clinical advances in the field of neurorehabilitation. It is, however, much more than a conventional survey of the state-of-the-art in neurorehabilitation technologies and therapies. Its unconventional format makes it a perfect guide for all PhD students, researchers and professionals interested in gaining a multidisciplinary perspective on current and future neurorehabilitation scenarios. The book addresses various aspects of neurorehabilitation research and practice, including a selection of common impairments affecting CNS function, such as stroke and spinal cord injury, as well as cutting-edge rehabilitation and diagnostics technologies, including robotics, neuroprosthetics, brain-machine interfaces and neuromodulation.

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Rehabilitation Robotics


Rehabilitation Robotics gives an introduction and overview of all areas of rehabilitation robotics, perfect for anyone new to the field. It also summarizes available robot technologies and their application to different pathologies for skilled researchers and clinicians. This experience using several commercial devices for robotic rehabilitation has enabled them to develop the know-how and expertise necessary to guide those seeking comprehensive understanding of this topic. The book targets the implementation of efficient robot strategies to facilitate the re-acquisition of motor skills. This technology incorporates the outcomes of behavioral studies on motor learning and its neural correlates into the design, implementation and validation of robot agents that behave as ‘optimal’ trainers, efficiently exploiting the structure and plasticity of the human sensorimotor systems.

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Advanced Robotics for Medical Rehabilitation


This book focuses on the key technologies in developing robots for a wide range of medical rehabilitation activities. It discusses robotics basics, modeling and control, biomechanics modeling, rehabilitation strategies, robot assistance, clinical setup/implementation as well as neural and muscular interfaces for rehabilitation robot control. Moreover, it gives a comprehensive background and details of new advances in the field.

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Brain Repair After Stroke


Increasing evidence identifies the possibility of restoring function to the damaged brain via exogenous therapies. One major target for these advances is stroke, where most patients can be left with significant disability. Treatments have the potential to improve the victim’s quality of life significantly and reduce the time and expense of rehabilitation. Brain Repair After Stroke reviews the biology of spontaneous brain repair after stroke in animal models and in humans. This book provides a summary of the neurobiology of innate and treatment-induced repair mechanisms after hypoxia and reviews the state of the art for human therapeutics in relation to promoting behavioral recovery after stroke. Essential reading for stroke physicians, neurologists, rehabilitation physicians and neuropsychologists.

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Broken Movement

PACER Review:

Broken Movement is an important contribution to the field, written in an engaging, persuasive, and often opinionated style. The book starts by providing a critical review of landmark studies and widely adopted theories of motor control. The authors address the importance of early recovery, proportional recovery, the misunderstanding surrounding hemiparesis, possible mechanisms of spasticity, and summarize the molecular biology of motor recovery. Emerging approaches to enhance therapy are discussed are also explored including pharmacological treatments, stem-cell therapies, virtual reality, and rehabilitation robotics. The take-away message of the book is that current rehabilitative programs, especially for chronic hemiparesis, are inadequate and that there is a need to focus on the early, sensitive period for stroke recovery. Upon completion of this book, readers will be stimulated to re-think the field of stroke rehabilitation and join the cause to make things better for our patients.

Who is it for: Neurorehabilitation clinicians looking to enrich their understanding of motor recovery and challenge current practices within rehabilitation.

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Fundamentals of Motor Control


Motor control is a relatively young field of research exploring how the nervous system produces purposeful, coordinated movements in its interaction with the body and the environment through conscious and unconscious thought. Many books purporting to cover motor control have veered off course to examine biomechanics and physiology rather than actual control, leaving a gap in the literature. This book covers all the major perspectives in motor control, with a balanced approach. There are chapters explicitly dedicated to control theory, to dynamical systems, to biomechanics, to different behaviors, and to motor learning, including case studies.

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