Electromyography in Clinical Practice: Clinical and Electrodiagnostic Aspects of Neuromuscular Disease

Electromyography in Clinical Practice: Clinical and Electrodiagnostic Aspects of Neuromuscular Disease

by Michael J. Aminoff
     
 

A concise and practical guide to the electrodiagnostic procedures in current use for the investigation of patients with neuromuscular disease. Covers basic and clinical aspects of these diseases and related electrodiagnostic techniques, with special sections focusing on nerves in the upper limbs, cranial nerves, and the central nervous system.  See more details below

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A concise and practical guide to the electrodiagnostic procedures in current use for the investigation of patients with neuromuscular disease. Covers basic and clinical aspects of these diseases and related electrodiagnostic techniques, with special sections focusing on nerves in the upper limbs, cranial nerves, and the central nervous system.

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Reviewer: Sean D. Ruland, DO (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This overview of clinical electrodiagnostic medicine starts with the basics and the experimental technical aspects of the topic, then outlines and briefly discusses the etiologies of the neuropathologic conditions based on their clinical categorization, and, finally breaks the topic down into its component parts based on anatomic localization. This is the third edition of a text that was originally published in 1978 and whose second edition appeared in 1987.
Purpose: The purpose, as stated in the preface to the first edition, is to summarize and "review the manner in which electromyography may be of value in the investigation of patients with neuromuscular disorders..." The preface to the third edition indicates it is intended to update the many neurophysiological advances that have occurred since the last edition and to increase the amount of clinical detail. These appear to be worthwhile objectives and seem to have been adequately met.
Audience: The book is targeted, according to the author, at both physicians who manage neuromuscular pathology and electrodiagnosticians. I feel, however, that this book lies somewhere in between. I also acknowledge what a monumental task it would be to be able to satisfy an audience encompassing both electromyographers and general neurology clinicians who also manage these disease entities. The author is certainly a credible authority in the field, having written many papers on aspects of this topic.
Features: It is up-to-date, as any new text should be. The references are pertinent. The illustrations are more or less the standard for this type of text.
Assessment: In my opinion, this is an up-to-date overview of this topic that is probably too technical for the general clinician and yet too superficial for the electrodiagnostician. There are no unique features to this book that distinguish it from others on the topic, aside from the fact that it may be one of the most current. The fact that it has been ten years since the second edition probably justifies its revision, however.
3 Stars from Doody
Journal of the American Medical Association
Dr Aminoff has done an excellent job in tying together the electrodiagnostic and clinical aspects of muscle and nerve physiology. I consider this to be one of the finest books available in clinical neurophysiology, appropriate for clinical or research neurologists, physiatrists, and neurophysiologists.
Sean D. Ruland
This overview of clinical electrodiagnostic medicine starts with the basics and the experimental technical aspects of the topic, then outlines and briefly discusses the etiologies of the neuropathologic conditions based on their clinical categorization, and, finally breaks the topic down into its component parts based on anatomic localization. This is the third edition of a text that was originally published in 1978 and whose second edition appeared in 1987. The purpose, as stated in the preface to the first edition, is to summarize and ""review the manner in which electromyography may be of value in the investigation of patients with neuromuscular disorders..."" The preface to the third edition indicates it is intended to update the many neurophysiological advances that have occurred since the last edition and to increase the amount of clinical detail. These appear to be worthwhile objectives and seem to have been adequately met. The book is targeted, according to the author, at both physicians who manage neuromuscular pathology and electrodiagnosticians. I feel, however, that this book lies somewhere in between. I also acknowledge what a monumental task it would be to be able to satisfy an audience encompassing both electromyographers and general neurology clinicians who also manage these disease entities. The author is certainly a credible authority in the field, having written many papers on aspects of this topic. It is up-to-date, as any new text should be. The references are pertinent. The illustrations are more or less the standard for this type of text. In my opinion, this is an up-to-date overview of this topic that is probably too technical for the general clinicianand yet too superficial for the electrodiagnostician. There are no unique features to this book that distinguish it from others on the topic, aside from the fact that it may be one of the most current. The fact that it has been ten years since the second edition probably justifies its revision, however.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780443076817
Publisher:
Elsevier Health Sciences
Publication date:
09/08/1997
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
642
Product dimensions:
7.32(w) x 10.12(h) x 1.37(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Michael Aminoff was born and educated in England, graduating from University College London in 1962 and as a physician from University College Hospital Medical School in 1965. He subsequently trained in neurology and neurophysiology at The National Hospital (Queen Square) in London, and in 1974 moved to UCSF where he has been Professor of Neurology since 1982. He was Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratories at UCSF until 2004, when he became Executive Vice Chair of the department of neurology, and also directs the Parkinson’s Disease Clinic and Research Center, a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence.

He is the author of more than 230 published medical or scientific articles, as well as the author or editor of some 29 books. His published scientific contributions led to the award of a Doctorate in Science, an advanced doctorate in the Faculty of Science, by the University of London in 2000. He is the one of the two editors-in-chief of the four-volume Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (2nd Edition, Academic Press, 2014), and one of the series editors of the multi-volume Handbook of Clinical Neurology (Elsevier). He was Editor-in Chief of the journal Muscle & Nerve from 1998 to 2007 and serves on numerous other editorial boards. He was a director of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology for 8 years, and chair of the board in 2011.

Dr. Aminoff has received numerous prizes including the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine in 2006 and the A.B. Baker Award of the American Academy of Neurology for life-time achievements and contributions to medical education in 2007. In 2010, he was awarded the title of “Distinguished Professor” at the University of California, San Francisco.

He is married and has three children, one a pediatric rheumatologist, another a federal defense attorney, and the third an assistant district attorney.

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