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Review: Neuromuscular Case Studies.

Sehgal Kapur, Snehi MD

Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease: June 2012 - Volume 13 - Issue 4 - p 242
doi: 10.1097/CND.0b013e31824619c3
Book Review

As the title of the book states, this is a book with compilation of clinical case studies of neuromuscular diseases. The book has a great start with chapters 1 to 3 consisting of neuromuscular anatomy and physiology; evaluation and testing; and therapies. There are 101 cases, and each case highlights the most up-to-date approach for diagnosis, functional assessment, and pharmacological treatment with emphasis on the latest data from the literature. Readers will find clinical coverage of every aspect of neuromuscular disease. This book is very informative, and easy to read and understand. Bold headings, charts, graphs, laboratory findings, radiological images, biopsy reports, and pathology images are its strong points. Some extraordinary features include clear illustrations and images as well. The cases are discussed in a very methodical manner that it helps us develop a unique technique on how to approach a difficult case. Specific topics like genetics and pathology has been explained in an easy manner. Every case study has its own relevant laboratory findings, electromyography and nerve conduction (EMG and NCV) studies, and other diagnostic tests. A great example is case 65, which is regarding a woman with chief complaint of difficulty in walking. The case highlights the extensive differential diagnosis of polyradiculopathy, polyganglionopathy, and polyganglioradiculoneuropathies that I have never seen in any other textbook. The case focuses on an approach that can be referred to when a physician needs to rule out any paraneoplastic disease with neurological manifestations. This book is written in a classic clinical format. It starts with history, general physical examination, neurological examination, laboratory findings, and other relevant tests, followed by differential diagnosis and finally management tips. The best part of the book is that it explains in detail the manifestations of early and late stages of the disease with clear illustrations and discussions. It provides a great insight on how to approach the difficult clinical cases that we are not exposed to during our training and do not come across during our daily clinical practice. This book can also be used both as a textbook and a reference book. As I have studied other books on neuromuscular cases, I can confidently write and say that Dr Bertorini's approach in writing, selection of cases, and explanation is outstanding. I thank and congratulate Dr Bertorini for writing this wonderful book, who shared his wealth of knowledge and clinical experience with this book. The book is useful for both neurologists and other medical professionals who treat patients with neuromuscular diseases, including disorders of the motor neuron, peripheral nerves, neuromuscular junction, muscle, and autonomic nervous system.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.