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March 3, 1989

Neuromuscular Diseases: A Practical Approach to Diagnosis and Management

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago, Ill

Northwestern University Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1989;261(9):1345-1346. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420090111044

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This 456-page single-volume textbook of neuromuscular disease fills the need for a smaller, more succinct text aiming at physicians who want to seek practical and up-to-date information for this highly specialized field. The two authors are able to avoid the repetition of material often found in books with multiple authors, each writing only one chapter. It achieves what the authors stated in the preface: to assess each disease clinically, electrophysiologically, and pathologically.

The first chapter, "Clinical Assessment," is followed by basic electromyography (EMG) techniques, muscle and nerve biopsies, and pathophysiology. Then chapters are arranged in order of anatomic location, from the anterior horn cell, peripheral nerve, and neuromuscular junction to muscle. This organization of materials leads to easy use and comprehension. The section on each disease entity discusses the clinical features, laboratory investigations, EMG assessment, biopsies, and management. Well-chosen references as recent as 1987 provide excellent sources and aids for