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Overview

From the acclaimed author of All About Bone: An Owner's Manual, All About Muscle: A User's Guide tells readers everything they might want to know about their muscles, how they get injured, illnesses to which they are prone, and how to keep them healthy.

Chapters cover such diverse topics as anatomy, growth and development, physiology, energy, exercise, injury, and disease There are tables of instructional materials, illustrations, and numerous diagrams to help readers understand the text. A list of books for suggested further reading and a handy glossary are appended.

The book is designed for the intelligent reader who wishes to understand this important organ system of his or her body. It was written as a companion to All About Bone: An Owner's Manual, which treated the skeletal system in a similar manner. It covers practical matters such as proper exercise and diet, the prevention and treatment of injury, muscle and sports, relaxation techniques, muscle building, and much more.

All About Muscle: A User's Guide will teach readers how to keep their muscles healthy and strong. Between its covers, readers will find everything they need to know in order to to understand their muscles, how they work, and how to keep them in top form.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Three titles from Dr. Irwin M. Siegel cover the orthopedic bases: 'All About Bone,' 'All About Joints,' and 'All About Muscle.' The books have information both serious and weekend athletes can use to avoid or deal with injury and to maintain strength." -- Associated Press

"...this book condenses information about muscles into an informative guide..includes tables of instructional material, illustrations and diagrams, and covers practical matters such as proper exercise and diet, the prevention and treatment of injury, muscles and sports, relaxation techniques and muscle building."-- Fitness Management

"...(a) no-nonsense guide...There's a terrific chapter on muscle injuries and how to cope with them, a prescription for an exercise program which does not assume you desire to be a spa poster-girl or the middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, and a great 'For Further Reference' section...which is always useful." -- Book Bag

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Reviewer: Jose Antonio, PhD (University of Delaware)
Description: In this easy-to-read paperback the author broadly covers many aspects of skeletal muscle physiology.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose is to provide the reader with basic and applied knowledge of skeletal muscle physiology. Certainly, these are worthy objectives and for the most part, he meets these objectives.
Audience: It is not immediately clear who the audience for this book might be. It is much too simple for PhDs or MDs who study or research skeletal muscle. A quick perusal of the text might convince you that a layperson with an avid interest in the subject could pick up the book and become edified. The author is a credible authority of the subject.
Features: The book follows a sequence that is wholly unsurprising (history, muscle anatomy, physiology, exercise metabolism, disease states, etc.). For the most part, the author provides basic knowledge in all of these areas. However, there are glaring errors that should be addressed. He discusses the role of "oxygen debt" in sprinters (incorrectly). Furthermore, he denotes that in order of "athletic efficiency," African-Americans rank first, Asians second, and Caucasians last. Now whether this is true is debatable (and certainly worthy of discussion); however, it isn't clear how he arrived at this conclusion. Perhaps one of the more glaring errors (as a sports fan) is his statement that Lou Gehrig had the second most home runs after Babe Ruth. Of course, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's record nearly 30 years ago! In general, the "appearance" of the book (particularly the medical illustrations) could be greatly improved. However, for those with little knowledge of skeletal muscle, this book could serve as a nice introduction to the topic.
Assessment: For those who are well versed in the field of skeletal muscle physiology, this book is too simplistic. Still, I would recommend the book for those who need to brush up on the subject or to beginning students in the biological sciences.
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Reviewer: Jose Antonio, PhD(University of Delaware)
Description: In this easy-to-read paperback the author broadly covers many aspects of skeletal muscle physiology.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose is to provide the reader with basic and applied knowledge of skeletal muscle physiology. Certainly, these are worthy objectives and for the most part, he meets these objectives.
Audience: It is not immediately clear who the audience for this book might be. It is much too simple for PhDs or MDs who study or research skeletal muscle. A quick perusal of the text might convince you that a layperson with an avid interest in the subject could pick up the book and become edified. The author is a credible authority of the subject.
Features: The book follows a sequence that is wholly unsurprising (history, muscle anatomy, physiology, exercise metabolism, disease states, etc.). For the most part, the author provides basic knowledge in all of these areas. However, there are glaring errors that should be addressed. He discusses the role of "oxygen debt" in sprinters (incorrectly). Furthermore, he denotes that in order of "athletic efficiency," African-Americans rank first, Asians second, and Caucasians last. Now whether this is true is debatable (and certainly worthy of discussion); however, it isn't clear how he arrived at this conclusion. Perhaps one of the more glaring errors (as a sports fan) is his statement that Lou Gehrig had the second most home runs after Babe Ruth. Of course, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's record nearly 30 years ago! In general, the "appearance" of the book (particularly the medical illustrations) could be greatly improved. However, for those with little knowledge of skeletal muscle, this book could serve as a nice introduction to the topic.
Assessment: For those who are well versed in the field of skeletal muscle physiology, this book is too simplistic. Still, I would recommend the book for those who need to brush up on the subject or to beginning students in the biological sciences.
Jose Antonio
In this easy-to-read paperback the author broadly covers many aspects of skeletal muscle physiology. According to the author, the purpose is to provide the reader with basic and applied knowledge of skeletal muscle physiology. Certainly, these are worthy objectives and for the most part, he meets these objectives. It is not immediately clear who the audience for this book might be. It is much too simple for PhDs or MDs who study or research skeletal muscle. A quick perusal of the text might convince you that a layperson with an avid interest in the subject could pick up the book and become edified. The author is a credible authority of the subject. The book follows a sequence that is wholly unsurprising (history, muscle anatomy, physiology, exercise metabolism, disease states, etc.). For the most part, the author provides basic knowledge in all of these areas. However, there are glaring errors that should be addressed. He discusses the role of "oxygen debt" in sprinters (incorrectly). Furthermore, he denotes that in order of "athletic efficiency," African-Americans rank first, Asians second, and Caucasians last. Now whether this is true is debatable (and certainly worthy of discussion); however, it isn't clear how he arrived at this conclusion. Perhaps one of the more glaring errors (as a sports fan) is his statement that Lou Gehrig had the second most home runs after Babe Ruth. Of course, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's record nearly 30 years ago! In general, the "appearance" of the book (particularly the medical illustrations) could be greatly improved. However, for those with little knowledge of skeletal muscle, this book could serve as a nice introduction to the topic. Forthose who are well versed in the field of skeletal muscle physiology, this book is too simplistic. Still, I would recommend the book for those who need to brush up on the subject or to beginning students in the biological sciences.
Fitness Management
...this book condenses information about muscles into an informative guide..includes tables of instructional material, illustrations and diagrams, and covers practical matters such as proper exercise and diet, the prevention and treatment of injury, muscles and sports, relaxation techniques and muscle building.
Book Bag
...(a no-nonsense guide...There's a terrific chapter on muscle injuries and how to cope with them, a prescription for an exercise program which does not assume you desire to be a spa poster-girl or the middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, and a great "For Further Reference" section...which is always useful.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888799422
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 195
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Along with teaching at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, Irwin M. Siegel focuses his practice on the orthopaedic management of neuromuscular disease. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on the subject of muscular dystrophy and is a national vice-president and medical consultant for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America.
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Table of Contents

A Short Biography of Muscle
Muscle
By and Large
The Structure of Muscle
The Growth and Development of Muscle
How Muscle Functions
The Energy for Movement
The Exercise Prescription to Muscle
Ligaments, and Tendons
Diseases of Muscle
Research
Suggested Further Reading
Glossary
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