Muscular Dystrophy

Overview

The muscular dystrophies are a group of genetic diseases that severely affect children and adults. For sufferers and their family, the illness presents enormous physical and psychological challenges. Written specifically for people with muscular dystrophy and their families, this book answers many of the questions asked about how and why muscular dystrophy occurs, and how it will affect the life of a recently diagnosed child.

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Overview

The muscular dystrophies are a group of genetic diseases that severely affect children and adults. For sufferers and their family, the illness presents enormous physical and psychological challenges. Written specifically for people with muscular dystrophy and their families, this book answers many of the questions asked about how and why muscular dystrophy occurs, and how it will affect the life of a recently diagnosed child.

As well as presenting the reader with advice and an explanation of muscular dystrophy, the book also guides the reader towards further information on societies and support groups around the world, and reliable internet resources. It also contains a full glossary to aid the reader in their understanding of the disease.

The different types of muscular dystrophy are described throughout with a minimum of technical jargon. Questions relating to exercise, physiotherapy, surgery, and the emotional effects of the diseases are answered, and advice is given on the problems of schooling and choice of career.

Since publication of the first edition in 1994, the genes for almost all the different types of dystrophy have been identified, enabling prevention through genetic counselling, therefore relieving some of the worry for affected families. Drawn from his many years of experience treating patients, Professor Emery provides authoritative, yet compassionate advice for people living with this illness.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Luis F. Escobar, MD, MS (St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center)
Description: This is the third edition of a well written resource for lay people who want to understand the mechanisms, diagnosis, natural history, and treatment of muscular dystrophy. It is a pocket sized, and well planned book with significant improvements from the previous edition.
Purpose: Dr. Emery meets his goals with this wonderful work. He provides clear and concise information about muscular dystrophy to individuals outside the medical field. Two thumbs up for Dr. Emery and this needed book for patients. All royalties are donated to support research and education in neuromuscular disorders.
Audience: Although the book is intended for patients and their families, allied healthcare professionals will find the information useful in understanding the management of patients with muscular dystrophy. Occupational, physical, and speech therapists would greatly benefit from this work. Medical physiatrists may find this book useful for answering patient questions.
Features: The book moves from the definition of muscular dystrophy to recent modalities of experimental treatment. Along the way, it dispenses information on genetic mechanisms, diagnosis, and current successful forms of treatment as well as a brief look at future therapies. It also includes additional reading citations, patient support group listings, and a directory of muscular dystrophy associations. These indexes provide essential information to patients affected with muscular dystrophy.
Assessment: This is a unique book written with expert finesse. It should be in all neuromuscular clinics and available for patients to read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199542161
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Series: The Facts Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 833,598
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Alan E. H. Emery is Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Edinburgh and Chief Scientific Advisor for the European Neuromuscular Centre. He continues his research through the University of Oxford.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 What is muscular dystrophy? 3

3 Confirming the diagnosis 15

4 Different types of muscular dystrophy 23

5 Treatment 41

6 Living with muscular dystrophy 63

7 Education and employment 75

8 Inheritance and genetic counselling 81

9 Professional and voluntary support 101

10 The future 107

Living with Muscular Dystrophy 111

App. 1 Further reading and information 115

App. 2 Patient support groups 119

App. 3 Muscular dystrophy associations and groups in various countries 123

Glossary 137

Index 145

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