I often receive messages and emails from occupational and physical therapy students as well as practicing therapists who are interested in working overseas or in low-income locations.  Typically, after asking what kind of speciality training should I do, there is a request for book titles and publications that would be helpful resources to have in one's repertoire.  So here is a list I have compiled of the ones I use most frequently.


Written by the author of Where There Is No Doctor, this is an essential resource for any therapist looking to work in resource-poor regions and low-income countries.  Full of ideas using locally available materials and resources, the book is designed to help promote community based rehab that incorporates the needs of a disabled child in the context of his/her family and community.  I use the French translation often as a textbook for B.
A companion to Disabled Village Children, this volume focuses on a partnership with the disabled community to bring advances in locally produced technologies in order to help handicapped individuals become active community participants.
Sometimes referred to as the Burn Therapist’s Bible, Reg Richard’s Burn Care & Rehab walks therapists and other burn care professions through each stage of a burn patient’s recovery.
One of the best books I had to purchase in undergrad as an Athletic Training Student.  Concise yet thorough overview of orthopedic injuries related to the spine and upper and lower extremities
Another oldie from my undergrad days, but one I refer back to on a regular basis (especially when I have to do a shoulder eval!  I never was good at shoulders!) Breaks down specials tests used in a physical exam of joints; complete with photos, explanation of hand placement and techniques, as well as discussion of findings and implications.
Like burn care, vision therapy is a sub-specialty most therapists only learn well if working in the specific field.  However, any rehab professional who finds him/herself working in a resource poor area where specialists are not available will find individuals living with significant visual impairments.  This handbook helps facilitate understanding despite previous experience. 
Clubfoot: Ponseti Management, Third Edition, by Lynn Staheli, MD (PDF available in multiple languages here)
Clubfoot is a developmental deformation, happening during the second trimester, in which the tarsal bones of the midfoot are rotated and malpositioned.  Thankfully, when treated early, this malformation is easy to correct using an inexpensive and minimally invasive procedure of casting and splinting, with a surgical release of the achilles tendon only in more severe cases.  This handbook breaks down the Ponseti Method of treating clubfoot in children 2 years of age and under.
For a patient who has suffered from a severe burn, the healing process continues long after the wounds are closed.  Treating thick hypertrophic and keloid scars can carry on for months.  In high-income countries, prefabricated compression garments are readily available at all burn centers, however in low-income and resource poor regions, these necessary garments are typically inaccessible.  However, using locally available elastic materials, it is possible to fabricate these articles onsite.  Garments work best when made with a serger, and may require an extra dose of creativity as well as a high threshold for trial-and-error.
Much like the Reg Richard’s Burn Care Bible, this resource is a comprehensive tool for Stroke Rehab, and has a lot of carry over in treating kids with Cerebral Malaria. 
I’ve always loved Dr. Netter’s anatomical sketches and paintings . . . he’s the best in my opinion.  This collection focuses on orthopedics and discusses the implications of functional anatomy and biomechanics through the use of easy to conceptualize charts and explanations.  
Patient Education Resources provided by Health Information Translations (PDF's available in multiple languages here)
Put together by a partnership between universities and hospitals in the US State of Ohio, this collection of easy-to-understand PDF's have been translated into 17 different languages and are free for use with populations who have a low level of English comprehension.  Wonderful for use in patient/family education as well as training therapy assistants and community health workers.

The French translation of Disabled Village Children.  When our therapy service is slow, I often find B. reading through it looking for new ideas.  
The French translation of Netter’s Concise Atlas of Orthopaedic Anatomy.  I also use this as valuable textbook with B. as it has many charts that break down the components of anatomical regions as well as offering tips on taking evaluations and clinical implications of findings.
Used as B.’s primary anatomy text, The Anatomy Coloring Book, French Edition, has not only helped him learn and understand the structure and function of the body, it has taught him an entirely new way of learning and processing information.
Another book I find B. curled up with quite often; this manual on goniometry has helped to explain the quantitative aspect of rehab, showing that our results can and should have measurable outcomes.  The book breaks down the movements of each of the body’s joints and shows how to measure the angles of each motion.
This book focuses more on manipulation than anything else.  We tend to avoid the neck and spine in our discussions as those regions require more training and experience than I have, but it has been a good source of explanation for B. when it comes to joint mobilizations and assessments.
Décision Kinésithérapique: Identité, Démarche, Chaînes Logiques, Michel Gedda
While it clearly comes from the French traditional approach to therapy and rehabilitation, this has been a wonderful book in helping B. understand the ‘why’ behind so much of what we do, and has helped to facilitate his thinking in terms of examinations and clinical decision making.
Exercice Thérapeutique (PDF available here
When put together, this series of PDF files makes for a valuable collection of training materials.  Written in easy to understand vernacular, complete with images and explanations, this concise training manual which begins with hand washing and ends with therapeutic exercises addresses the major areas of interest within physical rehabilitation.
Le Pied Bot: La Méthode Ponseti, Troisième Edition, Lynn Staheli (PDF available here)
The French translation of the training manual for the Ponseti Method of Clubfoot Treatment. 

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