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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.