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July 1996

Peripheral Nerve Disorders II

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Columbus, Ohio

Arch Neurol. 1996;53(7):595. doi:10.1001/archneur.1996.00550070029008

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The Blue Book of Practical Neurology offers a gem in Peripheral Nerve Disorders II edited by Asbury and Thomas. Contributors include outstanding scientists on both sides of the Atlantic and they succeed admirably in illustrating the way progress through research leads to new concepts in patient management. The editors point out that it has been 12 years since the publication of Peripheral Nerve Disorders I and concentrate on new information and newly recognized disorders such as multi-focal motor neuropathy, neuropathy associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, borreliosis, and those due to many previously uncharacterized neurotoxins. Recombinant DNA technology has helped identify many molecular genetic defects, and such advances will mandate the need for a new volume in less than another 12 years, but the current level of information more than justifies this current scholarly work. Some new concepts merit an entire chapter, including an excellent one on critical illness polyneuropathy. Others,

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