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Book Reviews
June 1998

Neuromuscular Diseases During Development

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edited by F. Cornelio, G. Lanzi, and E. Fedrizzi, 164 pp, $63, Rome, Italy, John Libbey, 1997.

Arch Neurol. 1998;55(6):879. doi:

This multiauthored monograph, covering 150 pages and consisting of 15 chapters plus a concluding chapter, discusses the neuromuscular diseases of infancy and childhood. The obvious heavy hand of the editors ensures that the chapters are similar in style, which affords easy readability of the book. The monograph was developed from a course presented in Milan, Italy, in 1995, titled "An Update of Neuromuscular Diseases During Development." As discussed in the preface, the course concentrated on 3 major areas, the impact of molecular biology and molecular genetics on etiology, advances in the understanding of the pathogenesis of neuromuscular diseases, and therapy. The chapters include presentations of the metabolic myopathies, the mitochondrial myopathies, the congenital myopathies, the dystrophinopathies, the myotonic syndromes, the genetic peripheral neuropathies, spinal muscular atrophy, and disorders of neuromuscular transmission. A chapter on orthopedic management of neuromuscular disease, respiratory care of patients with neuromuscular diseases, including home ventilation, as well as 2 chapters on genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis, complete the monograph.

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