DeLisa's Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice

DeLisa's Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice
6th Ed.
2020 © Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Walter R. Frontera, MD, PhD, MA (Hon.), FRCP (Lond.)
ISBN-13: 978-1-4963-7496-7
eISBN-13: 978-1-9751-4231-5
Physical Medicine, Allied Health, Neurology, Orthopedics/Orthopaedics, Physical Therapy


DeLisa’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Principles and Practice presents the most comprehensive review of the state of the art, evidence-based clinical recommendations for psychiatric management of disorders affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

Written by the most recognized names in PM&R research and education, the Sixth Edition of DeLisa’s pioneering textbook presents both the scientific fundamentals as well as the latest clinical treatments and rehabilitation techniques for a broad array of conditions, disabilities, and diseases.

  • • Focuses on current evidence and therapies, and includes the most recent changes and updates in the field.
  • • Features new chapters on the epidemiology of disability globally, poly-trauma, and physical medicine and rehabilitation in disaster relief.
  • • Several international contributors have been added, giving this edition a global perspective.

Doody's Reviews

Doody's Core Titles (DCT)
Score: 85/100
3/5 Stars
Specialty Score: 2.33 Health Sciences - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This excellent book can serve as a great introductory resource for trainees as well as a comprehensive reference for practitioners...
This update adds five new chapters and has significant revisions. The comprehensiveness of this book may be similar to others, but this one does a particularly good job of incorporating and summarizing the latest research and literature when necessary."

-- Debbie Lee, MD (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab) Doody's Review

"This book serves as a thorough reference in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. It is useful for both the initial and continuing education of individuals in physiatry. This update incorporates scientific and clinical advances in the field, updates on fundamental topics, and improved diagrams and photographs. It is an excellent foundation for the education of clinicians."

-- Priya Mhatre, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) Doody's Review - previous edition


Although designed for physicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation, many of the topics are presented in an easy-to-read format that will likely be well received by other providers in the field, such as physical, occupational, and speech therapists. The book is a manageable reference source for individuals in various stages of medical training, ranging from medical students and residents to accomplished providers. It is also a useful source of information for physicians outside the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation who are interested in learning more about specific populations frequently cared for by physiatrists, such as adults and children with disabilities.

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