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February 1954

Diseases of Muscle: A Study in Pathology.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1954;93(2):314. doi:10.1001/archinte.1954.00240260150027

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This excellent monograph of diseases of muscle will become a vade mecum to workers in the field, and to those who, like the reviewer, have neglected to keep up to date on diseases of muscle, it will open up new fields of delight and fruitful contemplation.

The book is clearly written in an attractive, literary style, and the authors have made effective use of lead sentences in the paragraphs and of frequent summary sections. Often there is an introductory paragraph explaining the material to be covered in the chapter. These are models of clarity and condensation. The illustrations in the book are of uniformly high quality, well taken, and faithfully reproduced.

The book starts with a section on the normal anatomy, histology, embryology, and physiology of muscle. It then proceeds to a detailed consideration of the general principles of the reaction of skeletal muscle to injury, denervation, atrophy, and regeneration.

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