Muscular Dystrophy

Paperback | March 15, 2008

byAlan E.H. Emery

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The muscular dystrophies are a group of genetic diseases that severely affect children and adults. For sufferers and their family, the illness presents enormous physical and psychological challenges. Written specifically for people with muscular dystrophy and their families, this book answersmany of the questions asked about how and why muscular dystrophy occurs, and how it will affect the life of a recently diagnosed child. As well as presenting the reader with advice and an explanation of muscular dystrophy, the book also guides the reader towards further information on societies and support groups around the world, and reliable internet resources. It also contains a full glossary to aid the reader in theirunderstanding of the disease. The different types of muscular dystrophy are described throughout with a minimum of technical jargon. Questions relating to exercise, physiotherapy, surgery, and the emotional effects of the diseases are answered, and advice is given on the problems of schooling and choice of career. Since publication of the first edition in 1994, the genes for almost all the different types of dystrophy have been identified, enabling prevention through genetic counselling, therefore relieving some of the worry for affected families. Drawn from his many years of experience treating patients,Professor Emery provides authoritative, yet compassionate advice for people living with this illness.

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The muscular dystrophies are a group of genetic diseases that severely affect children and adults. For sufferers and their family, the illness presents enormous physical and psychological challenges. Written specifically for people with muscular dystrophy and their families, this book answersmany of the questions asked about how and wh...

Professor Alan E. H. Emery is Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Edinburgh and Chief Scientific Advisor for the European Neuromuscular Centre. He continues his research through the University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.39 inPublished:March 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199542163

ISBN - 13:9780199542161

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Table of Contents

1. What is muscular dystrophy?2. Confirming the diagnosis3. Different types of muscular dystrophy4. Treatment5. Living with muscular dystrophy6. Education and employment7. Inheritance and genetic counselling8. Professional and voluntary support9. The future10. Further reading and useful contacts

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`For the 2nd Edition: "This book, like the first edition, will be valuable to patients, families, counsellors, clinicians and researchers... Alan Emery is one of the father figures of muscular dystrophy research."''The Quokka', Magazine for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Australia, October 2000