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January 1964

Dystrophia Myotonica and Related Disorders.

Arch Neurol. 1964;10(1):116. doi:10.1001/archneur.1964.00460130120019

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From a fascinating prologue to complete author and subject indices, this book is a pleasure. The senior author draws primarily on his own extensive experience in three continents, but has also thoroughly covered the pertinent literature to present a complete picture of the myotonic syndromes. The clinical and laboratory features of all the pertinent disorders, including the hyperkalemic syndromes, are described lucidly. Myrianthopoulos' presentation of the genetic aspects is also excellent. The publisher has matched the writing with a fine production. This praise need not preclude possible differences of opinion about interpretation of the endocrine data or radiological abnormalities, and we are still only on the verge of understanding the metabolic basis for these syndromes. But as a statement of present knowledge in this area, Caughey's contribution is unmatched.

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