Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Michael J. Aminoff, 3rd ed, 630 pp, with illus, $99, ISBN 0-443-07681-2, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone, 1997.
It is a pleasure to review the third edition of Electromyography in Clinical Practice, by Michael J. Aminoff, MD. This edition includes considerable fresh material on new syndromes, molecular bases of certain diseases, pathology of new disorders, and therapeutics that have come to light since the second edition of 1987.
The book has 27 chapters in seven sections. An introduction provides an overview of clinical applications including electromyography, electrical stimulation of peripheral nerve, electrical stimulation of muscle, and electrical or magnetic stimulation of central motor pathways. This is followed by discussion of basic aspects of neurophysiology comprising electrophysiological classifications, skeletal muscle anatomy and physiology, and electrodiagnostic principles and apparatus, each extremely well covered. Dr Aminoff combines the salient principles of neuroscience that are found in Kandel and Schwartz's Principles of Neural Science with the clinical information found in Kimura's textbook, Electrodiagnosis in Diseases of Nerve and Muscle . This portion is a book unto itself, sufficient for preparation for subspecialty boards and for added qualifications in clinical neurophysiology.
ElectromyographyElectromyography in Clinical Practice: Clinical and Electrodiagnostic Aspects of Neuromuscular Disease. JAMA. 1998;279(20):1663-1664. doi:10.1001/jama.279.20.1663-JBK0527-3-1