The Muscular Dystrophies

The Muscular Dystrophies

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The muscular dystrophies are an important group of inherited disorders. They are characterized by muscle wasting and weakness, but vary considerably in their clinical manifestations and severity.

This text reviews our understanding of the most important of these disorders. In many instances, the genes and protein products responsible for the dystrophies have been identified and it is now possible to establish a precise diagnosis, detect preclinical cases, identify carriers and offer prenatal diagnostic testing. The book goes on to describe the opportunities for management of the symptoms through respiratory care, physiotherapy and surgical correction of contractures, and examines the
potential, in the future, for effective treatment utilizing the new techniques of gene and cell therapy.

Professor Emery has invited chapters from the leading international experts in the field providing a unique insight into the current situation and the hopes for the future.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 330 pages
  • 173 x 248 x 23mm | 779g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous halftones and line figures
  • 0192632914
  • 9780192632913

Table of contents

1. Muscular Dystrophy: an evolving concept ; 2. Congenital Muscular Dystrophies ; 3. Fukuyama Congenital Muscular Dystrophy ; 4. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy or Meryon's Disease ; 5. Becker Muscular Dystrophy ; 6. Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy ; 7. The Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophies ; 8. Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy ; 9. Distal Muscular Dystrophy ; 10. Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy ; 11. Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Related Cardiac Disorders in Muscular Dystrophy ; 12. Medical Management and Treatment of Muscular Dystrophy ; 13. Respiratory Care in Muscular Dystrophy ; 14. Gene and Cell Therapy for Primary Myopathies ; 15. Surgical Management of Muscular Dystrophy ; 16. Animal Models of Muscular Dystrophy
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Review quote

What has long been needed is a comprehensive yet readable account of the molecular and clinical features of the dystrophies. There can be few people as well suited to writing such a textbook on this group of disorders as Professor Emery: with support from a wealth of expertise gathered from around the world, he has attempted the daunting task of producing a piece of work which is accessible to the non-specialist and yet still taxing for the expert. We should be
delighted that he has achieved all of these aims . . . This book will make a useful addition to any hospital library or personal collection. More importantly, it will provide an authoritative and wise voice for anyone interested in the muscular dystrophies. * ACNR, Vol 3, No 4 * There is a good balance of basic and clinical science which makes the book really enjoyable . . . an excellent source of reference before or after seeing patients/making rounds. * European Journal of Paediatric Neurology * I would recommend [this book] . . . to anyone with at least a passing interest in muscle disease. * Journal of Neurology * It is a pleasure to comment on a book edited by Alan Emery, not only because of his enviable list of achievements as a clinician and researcher, but also because of his lively and inimitable personality. His energy and enthusiasm emerge through the pages, just as he inspires when one meets him in person . . . This book should be on the bookshelves of all interested in working with neuromuscular patients and beyond. * Neuromuscular Disorders * This book is recommended to all those who deal with such patients and would like to have immediate access to updated information without the need to pay the price of large-volume textbooks. * European Neurology * This book is timely. Although there have of course been substantial developments in all areas of genetic disease, there can be few areas in which progress has been so rapid and has led to such fundamental shifts in practice, with respect to diagnostic strategy, and opinion with respect to the understanding of basic molecular mechanisms, than the muscular dystrophies . . . The book has just under 30 contributors, from all corners of the globe, all acknowledged
experts in their field. * Brain, Vol 125, Part 10 *
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