Michael Mandelstam, in his book Equipment for Older or Disabled People and the Law, aims to help people understand the law when problems loom, "by exploring boundaries and breaking points - from negligence to judicial review and from contract to product safety legislation".
Disability and Society
Michael Mandelstam has written an extremely well researched and, generally, very readable book on a previously ignored area of law... whilst Mandelstam does offer a capable legal exposition, he manages to do so without compromising clarity or academic integrity. Mandelstam adopts a uniform approach to the beginning of each chapter by providing summary information under the heads of:"coverage", "key points" and "questions people ask". Students, in particular, should find this format aids the comprehension and revision process and it is this readership that I would particularly like to see utilising this valuable resource... Mandelstam's explanation of the law relating to negligence, product safety, contracts and judicial review of statutory services, provides an insightful introduction to some potentially complicated principles, without becoming either trite or overly complex... Equipment for Older or Disabled People and the Law provides a detailed and well-informed critique of current provision... I particularly commend this book to the ministers who will seek to implement a new agenda for Britain, an agenda in which disabled people demand to be included.
British Journal of Occupational Therapy
The author manages competently the awesome task of explaining legal concepts within an easily accessible format... From the occupational therapists' viewpoint, the book is indispensable for clarifying work in the assessment, recommendation and provision of equipment at a time when complaints and litigation are on the increase.
Journal of Social Work Practice
a fascinating book to read and a useful, daily reference guide.
The British Journal of Occupational Therapy
This is a book that every manager should read and consider. It is essential for all occupational therapists who are involved in teaching manual handling to others. Back care advisers may be familiar with some of the cases, but this text provides a comprehensive summary of the case law on manual handling issues and should be at their right hand when drafting policies and procedures that comply with the regulations.