Books of Discovery broadens its portfolio of foundational massage therapy textbooks

BOULDER, CO, MARCH 14, 2018 – Books of Discovery, one of the most respected manual therapy publishers, has added to its roster a premier pathology textbook authored by a well-known name in the world of massage therapy — Ruth Werner, former president of the Massage Therapy Foundation. Originally published in 1998 and now in its sixth edition, Werner’s A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology is one of the most sought-after resources for educating massage therapy students about a wide range of diseases and disorders, preparing them to make the best possible decisions for clients living with health problems.

As of February 2018, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology is now published by Books of Discovery. It was previously produced by Wolters Kluwer.

“As our business continues to grow, we keep looking at new opportunities to expand our portfolio with textbooks that further strengthen Books of Discovery’s commitment to helping manual therapy programs achieve outstanding teaching and learning objectives. Bringing A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology into our publishing family helps us achieve that goal,” said Melinda Helmick, president of Books of Discovery.

A cornerstone educational resource of many massage therapy programs, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology sets the standard for pathology instruction. Comprehensive and visually appealing, the text contains detailed information on the etiology, signs, symptoms, and treatment of over 500 diseases and conditions.

“I invite readers into a learning environment that is friendly without being trivial; clear without being simplistic; and sensitive, not only to the struggles that we and our clients may live with, but also to the complexities of the decision that we must make in that context,” Werner says of A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology.

Books of Discovery is well positioned to take Werner’s beloved textbook into the hands of many more massage therapy programs and enhance its global visibility.

“The acquisition brings together under one publishing roof two of the industry’s ‘gold standard’ texts — Trail Guide to the Body and A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology,” said Tim Herbert, VP of Educator Relations. “With more than 850,000 copies of Trail Guide to the Body sold worldwide and our international distribution network, Books of Discovery has the platform to expand the reach of Ruth Werner’s text and give it the support and attention it deserves.”


About Books of Discovery
A 20-year-old publishing house, Books of Discovery is one of the most respected publishers of foundational manual therapy textbooks in the world, serving more than 2,000 programs in nearly 40 countries. These include programs preparing students for careers in athletic training, massage therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and various other bodywork and healthcare professions.

Books of Discovery is the publisher of the acclaimed Trail Guide to the Body — the industry’s “gold standard” textbook for the instruction of surface anatomy and palpatory techniques — required by nearly 90 percent of massage therapy programs. Connect with Books of Discovery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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