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March 1967

Current Concepts of Myopathies.

Arch Neurol. 1967;16(3):337-338. doi:10.1001/archneur.1967.00470210113014

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So many books about muscle and muscle disease have been published within the past few years, the market ought to be saturated. Still they come, but the growing list of interested parties looks forward to each one. There is, of necessity, a considerable amount of redundancy, but this can be offset by a personal point of view.

Current Concepts reflects the extensive experience of the neurology staff at the National Institutes of Health, presently under the direction of W. King Engel. The several clinical chapters by Engel, Camp, Hogenhuis, and Resnick present lucid descriptions of all the important myopathies. The chapter on muscle biopsy by Engel is a well-written summary of his important histochemical observations of normal and pathological muscle. Physical and orthopedic therapy are presented from an active view by Fried and Gucker. Biochemistry is briefly discussed by Brody and pharmacology by Drews. Throughout, areas of controversy are forcefully

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