September 1980

Outlines of Muscular Dystrophy

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by Yves M. Rideau, 160 pp, $17, Poitiers, France, Faculte De Medecine, 1978.

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(9):904. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130210080032

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This monograph was written with the express purpose of disseminating simple, practical knowledge about muscular dystrophy. It was originally published in French and is distributed by the French Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The discussion is limited to three major genetic groups of muscular dystrophies: the sex-linked form represented by the severe Duchenne's and benign Becker's types, the autosomal recessive form represented by the limb-girdle type, and the autosomal-dominant form represented by the facioscapulohumeral type.

Well-presented illustrations and statistics cover most aspects of these forms of muscular dystrophy. They may be useful as background material in discussion with patients.

Unfortunately, the text is frequently redundant, poorly edited, and contains many typographical errors. The translation often contains gallicisms that make the book difficult to read at times.

The discussion of the literature lacks depth. This reduces the book's usefulness for more advanced professionals in the field of myopathies. A further limitation is