July 24, 1967

Muscles Alive: Their Functions Revealed by Electromyography

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich


by J. V. Basmajian, ed 2; 421 pp, 162 illus, $15.25, Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Co., 1967.

JAMA. 1967;201(4):277. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130040073037

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This second edition includes material presented in the first, just five years ago, plus six additional chapters which describe recent electromyographic research. Slight reorganization of subject matter has improved the order of presentation. Some new illustrations have been added, and the prior text has been updated. Clear type, bold illustrations, and a paucity of typographiccal errors make this edition pleasantly legible; but the inclusion of numerous references in the body of the text is annoying.

The first chapters include discussions of equipment, biomechanics, electronics, and neurophysiology. None of this information is complete or exhaustive; however, it does provide a foundation for the subsequent discussions of muscle function.

Electromyography is used extensively as a diagnostic procedure, but Dr. Basmajian has limited his electromyography to studies of muscle function. This prolific author refers to his own work so often that the book is largely a chronicle of the research in his laboratory.