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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 258

Neuromuscular disorders

Senior Grade Professor and Former HOD Department of Neurology, SCTIMST, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Date of Web Publication9-Apr-2019

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Muralidharan Nair
Senior Grade Professor and Former HOD Department of Neurology, SCTIMST, Trivandrum, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aian.AIAN_78_19

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Nair M. Neuromuscular disorders. Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2019;22:258

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Nair M. Neuromuscular disorders. Ann Indian Acad Neurol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2022 Dec 5];22:258. Available from:

Editors : Satish V Khadilkar, Rakhil S Yadav and Bhagyadhan A Patel

Language : English

Edition : 1st, 2018

Published by : © Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018

Price : Cost. Hardcover. Approx INR 14000

Pages : 534

ISBN-10 : 978-981-10-5360-3; 978-981-10-5361

Treating neuromuscular disorders calls for a sound, step-by-step clinical approach based on differential diagnosis and laboratory investigations. Yet to date, there has been no single, compact book that offers all the relevant information related to the management of these disorders. This new book on Neuromuscular disorders written by Prof. Satish V Khadilkar, Rakhil S Yadav, and Bhagyadhan A Patel fulfils a very timely need, in this field.

The care of a patient with a neuromuscular disorder begins with the clinical workup followed by relevant laboratory tests and electrophysiological assessment where indicated. It is a compliment to the authors that they have highlighted this basic principle in the book which is strongly clinically oriented. At the same time, the most recent advances arising from DNA technology, immunology, and histochemistry in neuromuscular research have been well-integrated into the clinical descriptions. The book is designed as a practical handbook and provides a comprehensive review of current information on the etiology of various conditions.

It is organized into eight parts and contains 47 chapters. Part I deals with asymmetric motor weakness in Chapters 2–8, part II deals with symmetric proximal weakness contained in Chapters 9–17, part III deals with symmetric distal weakness from Chapters 18 to 21, part IV elaborates fluctuating weakness given in Chapters 22–24, part V explains exercise intolerance, muscle stiffness, cramps, and contractures from Chapters 25 to 27, part VI describes asymmetric sensory motor weakness in Chapters 28–35, while part VII deals with symmetric sensory motor weakness from Chapters 36 to 43. The last 4 chapters from 44 to 47 deals with predominant sensory syndromes.

The formatting of the different chapters is uniform, clear, and instructive. Each chapter covers the disorder characteristics, clinical differentiating points, relevant investigations and their interpretation, available genetic testing, best management approaches, and counseling.

One unique feature of this book is the various case studies totaling 32 case studies of the author's personal series; alongside there are numerous tables and figures for ready reference. Important references at the end of each chapter are a valuable source of cross references of the published literature.

Despite the complexity of the subject, this book is “reader-friendly” and presents itself as a valuable learning tool, directed both to the postgraduate trainee and to the clinician who wishes to be informed on recent developments in neuromuscular disorders, as neurologists, physicians, or general practitioners. It is highly recommended as an excellent resource for the diagnosis, management, and treatment of neuromuscular disorders.


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