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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: Electromyography is one of the major pillars of neurology and helps determine the diagnosis of multiple neurological conditions. The use of non-invasive neurophysiologic methods allows for a perfect understanding of the physiology of multiple neurological diseases.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to expose the unknown aspects of electromyography, in particular the non-invasive approaches to the neurophysiological monitoring in the central nervous system. In my view, those were fully achieved in the book. The authors successfully reported the worthy objectives in this book.
Audience: Neurologists and engineers are the main targets for this book. In my view, however, the target audience can be extended to neurosurgeons and neurophysiologists working with conditions such as epilepsy or functional neurosurgery, where it is necessary to understand the brain physiology in vivo.
Features: The authors contribute eighteen chapters in this book. The text progresses from deep scientific information on the physiology of electrical impulses to the clinical applications in medicine. As compared to other books with similar topics, this reflects the potential applications of EMG techniques into fields like ergonomics, rehabilitation, and neurology. The most interesting aspect is the potential improvement in rehabilitation potentials in patients with diverse neurological conditions, a problem faced by many neurologists, neurosurgeons, and other clinicians alike. The pictures are opportune, the text easily read, and the price adequate for the quality of the book.
Assessment: This is an important book for general libraries and, in particular, neurosciences libraries where electrophysiology is a major component of the diagnostic armamentarium.