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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Arlene N. Barr, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book presents the latest information on the etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical description of skeletal muscle disease. Topics include: mitochondrial myopathies, ion channel disorders, muscular dystrophies, congenital myopathies, dysimmune myopathies, toxic myopathies, and neuromuscular junction diseases. The extensive coverage of the scientific basis and methods of investigation is a welcome component. The previous edition was published in 1994.
Purpose: This book is intended to provide an up-to-date reference for the clinical and basic science aspects of the field. Without question, these are invaluable objectives because there has been a rapid expansion in information since the publication of the previous edition. The authors have provided us an outstanding book.
Audience: I agree with the authors that the book will appeal to a wide range of readers. Practicing clinicians in neurology, rheumatology, pediatrics, orthopedics, and physiatry as well as medical students, graduate students, clinical scientists, and basic scientists all should find its contents very useful. The list of contributors reads like a "Who's Who" in this field.
Features: Both clinical and basic science aspects of muscle disease are covered. There are newly described entities as well as updates on well known diseases. The most remarkable feature of this book is the comprehensive coverage of new information combined with the insights from the best thinkers that could be brought together.
Assessment: Hands down, this book is the best current publication in its category. The seventh edition is well timed to capture the massive increase of information published since the previous edition of 1994.