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Enabling Technologies in Rehabilitation

Body Image and Body Function

As biotechnology and the benefits it can offer are playing an increasingly important role in all areas of clinical rehabilitation, this text is intended to help all those who encounter biological innovations within their practice. The content aids the reader is moving beyond the suspicion and mistrust biotechnology is often regarded with, and it helps them to attain a better understanding of its potential and the benefits it can offer for patients. The book presents comprehensive coverage of the topic, offering a full range of explanations of technological developments and their relevance in the field of clinical rehabilitation. Clinicians who understand the potential of the innovations and are able to deal with the emotional responses of the patients will be well-placed to achieve faster and more effective rehabilitation for those in their care.


Published: October 2003

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-07247-5


  • Introduction
    Imagining the body

    Part 1: Interacting with technology
    Using virtual reality to help reduce pain during severe burn wound care procedures
    Enabling communication: pictures as language
    Moving sound
    Robotics and rehabilitation – the role of robot-mediated therapy post stroke

    Part 2: Listening to the body
    Psychophysiological recording and biofeedback: tools enabling people to control their own physiology Affective feedback
    The thought translation device – communication by means of EEG self-regulation for locked-in patients

    Part 3: Technology of replacement
    Reaching with electricity: externally powered prosthetics and embodiment
    Psychology and hand transplantation: clinical experiences
    Implantable replacement hearts

    Part 4: Living through technology
    Complex emotion: neuroprosthesis for grasping applications
    Technological enframing in the haemodialysis patient
    Critical care in high technology environments

    Thinking through enabling technologies
    Guidelines for development and implementation


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