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March 5, 1982

Clinical Neurophysiology

JAMA. 1982;247(9):1348-1349. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320340094056

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This book, the first of a series dealing with a variety of neurological disorders, is a multiauthored approach to clinical neurophysiology. Chapters are by clinician investigators who have demonstrated interest and expertise in the areas covered. It is the goal of the editors to review comprehensibly several major areas of "Clinical Neurophysiology," a term the editors explain adequately in their initial chapter.

It is a difficult task to condense the different and very extensive subjects into single chapters. This necessarily requires exclusion of some material.

The chapters on EEG monitoring, sleep, and evoked responses are good basic reviews. Although they appear extremely succinct, a good list of up-to-date references is provided at the end of each chapter for further reading.

The chapters on motor unit differentiation and fatigue are excellent. Quantitative electromyography (EMG) is better covered here than in most specialized EMG manuals. New research techniques and the complicated approach