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The Neuromuscular Disease Center:
  1. D J Nicholl
  1. Department of Clinical Neurology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TH, UK; d.j.nicholl{at}

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    The website of the Neuromuscular Disease Center at Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, is quite simply an excellent online resource for all issues related to neuromuscular disorders. It is up to date, extensive and highly relevant to any busy clinical neurologist, academic, or basic scientist with an interest in neuromuscular disorders. It is written and edited by Alan Pestronk, who deserves much praise for his efforts. On several occasions, I have found this website of direct use in ways in which traditional methods are more limited (eg links to useful images for lectures or teaching, and assistance with differential diagnosis of rare congenital myopathies to name a few).

    Some may dislike the terse bullet point style or the lengthy, unmemorable URL ( However, I suspect that they, like me, will be won over by the huge amount of useful content this site has to offer (differential diagnosis, links to laboratories for testing, and web links to everything from PubMed to patient information). In recent months, the site has improved further with an increasing number of images (eg photos of Duchenne de Boulougne, muscle hypertrophy, and muscle biopsy appearances in the section for Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy), which lighten the text somewhat. In summary, this is a site that I have much to commend and little to criticise, I hope you find it as useful as I have.