Living with Spina Bifida: A Guide for Families and Professionals, Edition 2

Univ of North Carolina Press
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It is the most common complex birth defect. Spina bifida affects approximately one out of every 1,000 children born in the United States. In this comprehensive guide, Dr. Adrian Sandler offers a wealth of useful information on the medical, developmental, and psychological aspects of this condition.

Accurate, accessible, and up-to-date, Living with Spina Bifida is written especially for families and professionals who care for children, adolescents, and adults with spina bifida. This edition contains a new preface by the author, addressing recent developments in research and treatment, as well as an updated list of spina bifida associations.

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About the author

Adrian Sandler, M.D., is medical director of the Olson Huff Center at Mission Children's Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Univ of North Carolina Press
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Published on
Nov 30, 2009
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Pages
296
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ISBN
9780807867860
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Language
English
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Genres
Health & Fitness / Diseases / Musculoskeletal
Medical / Diseases
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