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November 1995

Muscular Dystrophy: The Facts

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995;149(11):1294. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1995.02170240112036

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This monograph is written for people with muscular dystrophy and their families. It begins with general information and includes recent developments in molecular genetics. Subsequent chapters give a brief review of the diagnostic workup, different types of muscular dystrophies, and such treatment as is available.

The book's strengths include chapters on psychosocial and emotional effects of muscular dystrophy on patients and their families, education, and employment. These are the issues physicians often shy away from because of lack of knowledge, interest, or confidence. The chapters on inheritance and genetic counseling and professional and voluntary support are also of great importance. The final chapters give an additional reading list, addresses of international muscular dystrophy groups and associations, and a glossary of the terms used in the book. The book is well written and easy to understand. The author explains some genetic concepts using simple diagrams to show different types of inheritance

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