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August 6, 1982

Neuromuscular Diseases: A Practical Approach to Diagnosis and Management

JAMA. 1982;248(5):597. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330050079049

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It is remarkable how much information this concise volume manages to convey in less than 300 pages of text. The subject matter is organized into 20 chapters, divided into six sections. The first section, "General Principles," includes investigative methods and a review of normal and abnormal electromyograms and muscle, and nerve biopsy, and closes with a discussion of compensatory mechanisms in neuromuscular diseases. The next part catalogues a simple working classification of neurogenic disorders by anatomic site of pathology. Myopathies are listed according to whether they are congenital or acquired. There is a separate grouping for those muscle diseases (eg, polymyositis) about which more is known. Section 3 deals with neurogenic disorders and contains an excellent chapter on nerve compression, entrapment syndromes, and other mononeuropathies. Section 4 considers the muscular dystrophies and acquired myopathies, section 5 disorders of the neuromuscular junction, and section 6 miscellaneous clinical problems, including muscle cramps,