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An Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering

1st Edition

Edited by Rory A Cooper, Hisaichi Ohnabe, Douglas A. Hobson

CRC Press

470 pages | 102 B/W Illus.

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Answering the widespread demand for an introductory book on rehabilitation engineering (RE), Dr. Rory A. Cooper, a distinguished RE authority, and his esteemed colleagues present An Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering. This resource introduces the fundamentals and applications of RE and assistive technologies (ATs).

After providing a brief introduction, the book describes the models for AT service delivery, the design tools and principles of universal design, and various technology-transfer mechanisms, models, and principles. The text then explains the process for creating assistive device standards, followed by a review of seating biomechanics and soft tissue biomechanics. Subsequent chapters examine design and service delivery principles of wheelchairs and scooters, functional electrical stimulation and its applications, wheelchair-accessible transportation legislation, and the applications of robotics in medical rehabilitation. The book proceeds to discuss prosthetic and orthotic design and usage, visual and hearing impairment, Web-related AT, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technology. It concludes with an introduction to adaptive sports and recreation.

Incorporating the critical aspects of RE and AT, An Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering focuses on the principles, modeling, standards, devices, and technologies of RE and AT. It presents a concise yet complete overview of RE to provide a solid foundation in the subject as well as to stimulate further study.


"Finally, a text that allows engineers and graduate students from other healthcare professions understand and appreciate just how vast and exciting the contributions of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology can be for people with disabilities. This text is perfect not only for engineering students but also for physical therapists and other professionals who want to know the science behind assistive technology. Understanding the language of rehabilitation and engineering is critical for the engineering student's introduction to the field of assistive technology or the rehabilitation professor who wants to better appreciate the science of a device that improves their patients' lives everyday. This text offers wonderfully straightforward insights into the very complex world of rehabilitation engineering. Dr. Cooper and associates have successfully written a text that offers engineers and rehabilitation professionals alike the blueprints for understanding the language, process, and science behind the product development associated with assistive technology. The rapidly emerging field of rehabilitation engineering will grow even faster now that Dr. Cooper and associates have provided the first text to offer the blueprints to product development and the science of assistive technology."

-Robert Gailey, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Florida, USA

Table of Contents


Rory A. Cooper

Clinical Practice of Rehabilitation Engineering

Carmen Digiovine, Douglas A. Hobson, and Rory A. Cooper

Universal Design

Linda van Roosmalen and Hisaichi Ohnabe

Technology Transfer

Rory A. Cooper and Jonathan Pearlman

Standards for Assistive Technology

Douglas Hobson, Rory A. Cooper, and Martin Ferguson-Pell

Seating Biomechanics and Systems

Mark Schmeler, Bengt Enstrom, Barbara Crane, and Rosemarie Cooper

Tissue Integrity Management

David Brienza, Yihkuen Jan, and Jeanne Zanca


Alicia Koontz, Jon Pearlman, Brad Impink, Rory A. Cooper, and M. Wilkenson

Functional Electrical Stimulation

Songfeng Guo, Jue Wang, and Garrett Grindle

Wheelchair Transportation Safety

Patricia Karg, Gina Bertocci, Linda van Roosmalen, Douglas Hobson, and Toru Furui

Rehabilitation Robotics

Dan Ding, Richard Simpson, Yoky Matuoka, and Edmund LoPresti

Major Limb Prosthetic Devices

Diane M. Collins, Brad Dicianno, Amol Karmarkar, Paul F. Pasquina, Rick Relich, and Annmarie Kelleher

Orthotic Devices

Michael Dvorznak, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Amol Karmarkar, Annmarie Kelleher, and Thane McCann

Aids for People with Low Vision and Blindness

John Brabyn, Katherine Seelman, and Sailesh Panchang

Maximizing Participation for People with Hearing Loss

Elaine Mormer, Amanda Ortmann, Catherine Palmer, and Katherine Seelman

Telecommunications, Computers, and Web Accessibility

Kate Seelman, S. Hackett, Bambang Paramento, Richard Simpson, and

Sailesh Panchang

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology

Katya J. Hill, Bruce Baker, and Barry A. Romich

Adaptive Sports and Recreation Technology

Mary E. Buning, Ian M. Rice, Shirley G. Fitzgerald, and Rory A. Cooper

Selected Terms and Definitions



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SCIENCE / Physics