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September 1991

Post-Polio Syndrome

Arch Neurol. 1991;48(9):899. doi:10.1001/archneur.1991.00530210025012

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Abstract

This volume represents a concise collection of useful information on the so-called post-polio syndrome, a somewhat poorly understood disorder leading to disability many years after acute poliomyelitis. The emphasis of each chapter varies, and it will be helpful to physiatrists, neurologists, orthopedists, physical therapists, and sufferers themselves.

This book has 10 chapters. The first represents a general introduction with some historical notes. The second chapter discusses basic molecular biology and virology. The fourth chapter is also primarily basic science, dealing with the pathology of muscle and spinal cord in both acute poliomyelitis and the post-polio syndrome. The third chapter is more clinically oriented, giving a general definition of the post-polio syndrome and describing clinical features. Chapters 5 and 6 deal primarily with the electrophysiology of the syndrome, including electromyography, single-fiber electromyography, and macroelectromyography. Some discussion of muscle biopsy is also included. Chapter 7 is once again more clinically oriented with

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