Disorders of the Motor Unit

William C. Gibson, MD
JAMA. 1982;248(9):1112-1113. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330090082047.
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This encyclopedic volume, which includes 69 definitive papers bearing the names of nearly 200 authors, typifies the intensity with which basic questions in neuromuscular disease are being attacked today. It is a masterpiece of organization and reflects the comprehensive nature of the scientific meeting at which the papers were presented.

More than this, the superbly printed and edited volume reflects the dedication, for more than a generation, by the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America to its role as facilitator and friend of researchers everywhere in the muscle world. It is the product of a unique American philanthropy in which one man, Jerry Lewis, and a nuclear group of pioneers have, through Labor Day telethons, channeled the support of "Everyman" into the sophisticated study of 40 neuromuscular disease entities.

The text is divided into nine major sections so that readers of varying interests and expertise may focus at once on their


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