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Henry L. Lew, chair of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine’s communication sciences and disorders department and David X. Cifu published Handbook of Polytrauma Care and Rehabilitation.

The 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 with the continuum of care necessary to achieve 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, 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 notes that the Handbook of Polytrauma Care and Rehabilitation is the first medical 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 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.

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Lew has served as an expert consultant for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, while working with many collaborators nationally and internationally.

In 2012, he 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 and Development.

—sA John A. Burns School of Medicine news release