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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: J. Lance Lichtor, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This monograph is a review of the neuromuscular junction and of how muscle relaxants work. It is extremely well written and easy to understand.
Purpose: The author's purpose in writing this book is to explain both what is and what is not known about the neuromuscular junction and drugs that have an effect there. These objectives are worthy, and the author does an excellent job in meeting them.
Audience: The book, in my opinion, is useful for the medical student to understand neurotransmission and the workings of the neuromuscular junction; for the anesthesia or critical care physician who gives drugs to effect neuromuscular block; for an individual beginning research on muscle relaxants; and for the practicing physician as an excellent review.
Features: The author is a credible authority, having written many articles and two books on this topic. The quality of the illustrations is very good and the book is appropriately illustrated. References are current. The book, overall, has a nice appearance.
Assessment: The book is unique in that it is written by a single author who writes very well. The chapters are well organized into discrete and appropriate topics. The author, in the preface, states that is not meant to be a definitive textbook on muscle relaxants. In fact, two muscle relaxants, one that is currently in use (cisatracurium) and one that may soon be used (ORG 9487) are not mentioned. Yet, a sufficient background is given on the entire subject, so that these omissions are hardly noticed. This book is highly recommended for libraries, bookstores, and individuals who use muscle relaxants.