The authors of Vertigo Rehabilitation Protocols, describe this book as an “invaluable resource” for neurologists, ENT doctors, orthopaedists and other rehabilitation specialists. However, I believe it would be directed more towards senior clinicians rather than those new to the field, as the introductory chapter is quite detailed but they expect the reader to have good theoretical knowledge of the vestibular system beforehand.

It seems to exclude the basic anatomy of the vestibular organs, which in a book mainly about vestibular rehabilitation would seem important. It does heavily focus on the neural pathways, vascular and musculoskeletal structures.

The structure of the book is good as it has weekly step-by-step exercise regimes for patients to be placed on, both in sessions with the clinician but also as an exercise plan for the patient to follow at home. Additionally, it has pictorial instructions for the clinician to help explain the exercises to their patients. Finally, there is a small section on outcome measures, though this I think is quite vague and should have had more content.

Overall, I would rate this book a 3/5. Mainly as it focuses on a lot of exercises that a physiotherapist would work on with the patient, such as muscle strengthening exercises. Nevertheless, there are a lot of exercises that other professionals involved in vestibular rehabilitation could use. I wouldn’t recommend this as your ‘go to’ guide when new to vestibular rehabilitation, however it would be useful to read for the more experienced clinician.

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Piyush Patel

Derby Teaching Hospitals, UK.

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