The muscular dystrophies are a group of genetic diseases that severely affect children and adults. Written specifically for people with muscular dystrophy and their families, this book answers many questions about how and why muscular dystrophy occurs, and how it will affect the life of a recently diagnosed child. It also provides information on societies and support groups around the world, and reliable internet resources. The different types of muscular dystrophy are described 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.
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.