On Patriot Day (September 11 2013), the John A. Burns School of Medicine respectfully announces the publishing of the Handbook of Polytrauma Care and Rehabilitation by David X. Cifu, MD, and Henry L. Lew, MD, PhD. Dr. Lew is Chair of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of Hawai`i medical school.
Handbook of Polytrauma Care and Rehabilitation summarizes the most frequent medical and psychological problems encountered by combat survivors and patients with concurrent injuries to the brain and other body systems. The book offers a roadmap for clinicians on how to initiate and follow through the continuum of care necessary to achieving positive outcomes. Individual chapters focus on the myriad problems and conditions that polytrauma patients present with including traumatic brain injury, concussion, spinal cord injury, amputation, and PTSD and other medical and psychological issues such as pain, depression, headache, insomnia, fatigue, alcohol and substance abuse, dizziness, light sensitivity, and work and family issues. Algorithms and detailed appendices provide guides for assessment and medical treatment that can be used in daily practice.
Demos Medical Publishing, LLC notes that the Handbook of Polytrauma Care and Rehabilitation is the medical first text of its kind focused on polytrauma, covering the medical physical, psychological, and vocational issues encountered by U.S. servicemen and women who served in wars that have followed the 2001 attacks on the U.S. “The authors worked directly with the Veteran’s Affairs, military and academic sectors in the care of these patients,” said Publisher Beth Kaufman Barry.
Dr. Henry Lew has served as an expert consultant for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, while working with many collaborators on the mainland and internationally. In 2012, Dr. Lew was a guest editor for a special, single-topic issue about sensory and communicative disorders in traumatic brain injury in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development. That journal is the official journal of the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
More information about the Handbook of Polytrauma Care and Rehabilitation may be found at the