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May 13, 1974


Author Affiliations

Redding, Calif

JAMA. 1974;228(7):828-829. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230320016015

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To the Editor.—  May I comment on the letter of Dr. George H. Kraft (227:1009, 1974)?In spite of the fact that it would be difficult to find fault with Dr. Kraft's logic as regards the purely technical and theoretic aspects of electromyography and the value of its contribution to clinical medicine in the proper hands, I would like to bring to his attention the fact that the neurological sciences have apparently not evolved to the point where it is easy to obtain reasonable electromyographic evaluations. As a clinician in practice, I find that neurologists are rarely interested in or able to perform electromyograms well. In a large number of cases, one must rely on other clinical data without what would be reassuring and valuable information, were the procedure to be performed at the hands of a true professional. I would, however, suggest that a technically capable individual who was