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May 21, 1982

Anatomic Guide for the Electromyographer: The Limbs

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Medical Center Long Beach, Calif


by Edward F. Delagi and Aldo Perroto, ed 2; 207 pp, with illus, $14.50, Springfield, III, Charles C Thomas Publisher, 1980.

JAMA. 1982;247(19):2729-2730. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320440065050

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This book is an upgraded edition of the one published in 1975. As stated in the foreword and in the introduction by the authors, the manual is based on repeated and "systematic anatomical study of cadaver material, normal subjects, patients and standard anatomy texts and manuals."

The book is primarily intended for the electromyographer who performs needle EMG. The material is divided into nine sections on muscles of the shoulder, arm, forearm and hand, foot, leg, thigh, pelvis, and hip. Important muscles in each area are individually illustrated. Their innervation, origin, insertion, points of electrode insertion, and test maneuvers are briefly described. Pitfalls in electrode placement, relevant comments on innervation, and clinical significance of EMG results in pathological situations are also included.

The strengths of the book are its brevity, clarity, and overall accuracy. It is a simple, practical anatomic guide to EMG of the limbs and deserves to be