Acute Rehabilitation of the Head-Injured Individual

Toward a Neuropsychological Paradigm of Treatment
  • Daniel E. Stanczak
  • W. L. Hutcherson
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


Rehabilitation is the applied use of technology and scientific principles to assist individuals in returning to the greatest possible functional autonomy following severe illness or injury. During the past quarter century the field of rehabilitation has undergone tremendous growth. This growth stems partly from consumer demand and the concomitant development of support organizations such as the National Head Injury Foundation and similar groups which seek to improve the lot of their constituents. The growth in rehabilitative services also stems from technological advances which have improved survival rates from serious illness and injuries, and which have led to the development of more practical and functional adaptive devices. To a large degree, the growth of rehabilitation as a health care specialty has paralleled the development of clinical neuropsychology as a behavioral science. The philosophical tenets of neuropsychology—with its emphasis on brain-behavior relationships, behavioral scaling and analysis, microbehavioral chains, empirical validation of treatment effects, and environmental determinants—created a fertile soil from which many innovations in rehabilitation were to sprout.


Service Delivery Health Care Professional Team Leader Rehabilitation Specialist Rehabilitative Service 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel E. Stanczak
    • 1
  • W. L. Hutcherson
    • 2
  1. 1.Neuropsychology DepartmentBaylor University Institute for RehabilitationDallasUSA
  2. 2.The Rehab Hospital in MechanicsburgMechanicsburgUSA

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