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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Yaman Daaboul, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book copiously and clearly covers the technical aspects of electromyography (EMG) emphasizing the clinical-neurophysiological correlation. It also approximates how the clinical neurophysiologist thinks when approaching a complicated patient.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to teach the clinical approach to neurophysiology and provide a practical approach to a patient in the EMG lab.
Audience: The book is written primarily for clinicians who perform and interpret nerve conduction studies and electromyography, as well as for physicians who use the results of these electrodiagnostic studies to evaluate patients with peripheral nervous system disorders. It will also be very helpful to neurology and electrophysiology trainees. The authors are well known in this field and both are from Harvard Medical School.
Features: The book is illustrated with many excellent quality photographs, line drawings, diagrams, and tables. Each chapter has a brief list of up-to-date references. The index and table of contents are complete. Overall this is an attractive book, complete and simple.
Assessment: Although several excellent texts cover the technical, and to some extent clinical, aspects of EMG, this book is unique in its emphasis on clinical and electromyograghic correlation, and I highly recommend it to the electrophysiology trainee. There will be a place for this book in the medical library, bookstore, and neurophysiology lab.