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Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. A practical guide

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    Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. A practical guide. Compiled by cmt international uk (Pp 113, £10.00). Published by CMT International UK, Penarth, 2000. ISBN 0 9533883 0 1.

    Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. A practical guide, is a book compiled by CMT International UK with the aim of providing an overview of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) with a particular emphasis on providing practical day to day advice for living with the disease. It is aimed at doctors and patients and other people involved with CMT . It is well written and excellently presented and provides a range of information that the intended audience will find invaluable.

    The book is divided into three main sections. The first section deals with genetic and medical issues. The known genetic variants of the disease are well described and accurate except for one mistake stating that the gene duplication that causes CMT1a is on chromosome 22 when it is actually on chromosome 17. I thought the section covering CMT inheritance was particularly well presented and illustrated using simple diagrams to explain the various inheritance mechanisms. There was also a very useful glossary of scientific and medical terms in this section.

    The second section deals with living with CMT. This covers many important areas for the patient including coming to terms with the diagnosis, care of the feet, pain control, and secondary complications. Foot deformities and their surgical correction were particularly well covered.

    The third section deals with practical issues including finding work, having a baby, driving, and CMT and aids to daily living. This section is particularly useful in providing contact details for many different organisations who will help patients. All three sections are supported by informative appendices.

    This book is an excellent patient oriented guide, full of useful information and contacts. It will be a particularly useful book to recommend to newly diagnosed patients.

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