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June 1979

Electrodiagnosis: A Handbook for Neurologists

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(6):390. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500420100029

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Abstract

The book is divided into 13 chapters covering fundamental techniques of electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies. Specific disease entities described include spinal muscular atrophy, peripheral neuropathy, myopathy, polymyositis and dermatomyositis, myotonia, disorders of neuromuscular transmission, facial nerve dysfunction, and motor disturbances of cerebral origin. Each chapter is well organized and contains useful electrophysiological information. In addition to the data on electrodiagnosis, succinct clinical descriptions of many neurological entities are provided.

There are a few shortcomings. The descriptions of peripheral neuropathies appear before the sections on technique and interpretation of nerve conduction studies. Chapters 6 and 7, which deal with myopathies and myositis, are abbreviated to ten pages, of which at least five are used for illustrations; this discussion is much too brief for an EMG book of 163 pages. References in this book are extensive but nondiscriminative, and viewpoints that are not generally accepted are sometimes quoted. Only a

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