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Spinal Cord Injury and the Family

A New Guide

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674027152

Publication Date: 05/30/2008


360 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

10 line illustrations, 1 table

The Harvard University Press Family Health Guides


In 2006, it was estimated that approximately 11,000 Americans sustained traumatic spinal-cord injuries (SCI) each year; that number is much higher now with injured soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Physiatrist Alpert has compiled a timely and basic guide for SCI patients and their families, covering a multitude of important issues from basic spine anatomy, how injuries occur, and the impact of the injury’s location to the first days after an injury, the emotional turmoil of the patient and family, and adjusting to work or school. Relationship issues, including dating, sex, fertility and pregnancy, and parenting, are painted in reassuring terms. Children with spinal cord injuries garner a separate chapter, as do the medical complications and challenges of SCI. This excellent overview with an emphasis on the physical effects of SCI will be invaluable to a growing, currently underserved audience.—Janet M. Schneider, Library Journal (starred review)

Offers practical advice on dealing with the emotional turmoil that patients and families face as they make adjustments for work, school, dating, pregnancy, parenting, and other life events. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone touched by spinal cord injury.—L. N. Massengale, Choice

Awards & Accolades

  • A 2008 Library Journal Best Consumer Health Book
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