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June 9, 1978

A Clinician's View of Neuromuscular Diseases

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School Evanston, III

JAMA. 1978;239(23):2488. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280500084034

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This is a superb book, certainly the best yet written about diseases of nerve and muscle. I find it hard to imagine that someone will soon do better. A clinician's book, it is in harmony and balance with the clinical realities of nerve and muscle disease. What is rare is treated with brevity, while common problems such as Duchenne's dystrophy and polymyositis are covered completely. It is a book in the tradition of British rather than American neurology, being free of excess baggage, multiple authors, repetition, and trivia.

Brooke's language is literate and stylish, while at the same time direct, utterly clear, and beautifully suited to the expression of his personal views. These have been acquired over many years of caring for people with nerve and muscle disease. His many illustrations are excellent. I am sure there has never been so complete a collection in one convenient place. Most illustrations

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