Description: This is a quick reference guide to the many neuromuscular diseases that clinicians in neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation may encounter in their patients. Typically, each disorder is covered in one to two pages with a brief description, clinical features, pertinent examination features, treatments, and a few suggested readings.
Purpose: The authors intend this to be a helpful resource for use in daily clinical practice.
Audience: The intended audience includes all clinicians, but the book seems most appropriate for residents to use as a quick reference for neuromuscular disorders. Practitioners may use it periodically if they see a patient with a disorder that they are not familiar with.
Features: The book presents brief reviews of common mononeuropathies, polyneuropathies, neuromuscular junction disorders, radiculopathies, plexopathies, motor neuron diseases, muscle diseases, and movement disorders, as well as the many subcategories of each disorder. The well-organized index makes it easy to quickly find the disorder of interest. The main shortcoming is the lack of pictures demonstrating appropriate clinical tests used in diagnosis. It would also be helpful to have a few more references for each disorder, rather than just the typical two that are presented.
Assessment: This is a good, quick reference to neuromuscular disorders that can be used in clinical practice. Since the coverage of each topic is brief, I would recommend that any future editions should include more references for each disorder for additional pertinent information, as well as pictures illustrating key clinical tests or examinations.