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March 1996

Pathology of the Peripheral Nerve

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Boston, Mass

Arch Neurol. 1996;53(3):220-221. doi:10.1001/archneur.1996.00550030022014

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The clinician who deciphers nerve biopsy specimens to treat neuropathies and the pathologist who must aid the neuromuscular clinic have had to learn the interpretation of nerve pathology by apprenticeship or from personal experience. Although encyclopedic texts are available that include photomicrographs of nerve, they are too cumbersome for instruction in this art and too dense for rapid reference. What has been needed is a concise, but comprehensive, resource on peripheral nerve pathology that reflects the demands of both clinicians and pathologists. This monograph by Richardson and De Girolomi serves just this purpose and is a model of clarity and brevity in its organization, text, and photographs.

The initial sections on the normal anatomy of the nerve and its reactions to disease lucidly relate the biological and pathologic changes that occur in axons and myelin. By serving as a basic primer on a subject that most neurologists missed during training,

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