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Introduction to Duchenne muscular dystrophy 

Introduction to Duchenne muscular dystrophy
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Introduction to Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Author(s):

Alan E H Emery

, Francesco Muntoni

, and Rosaline Quinlivan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199681488.003.0001
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date: 22 August 2019

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the second most common single gene disorder in Western countries and has been recognized as a distinct entity for over 100 years. In the last 40 years or so, it has generated a great deal of interest among research workers, and, in their bibliography of what they considered to be the more important publications on the subject up to 1985, Herrmann and Spiegler listed no fewer than 789 references. Yet, despite all the interest, the cause remained elusive until 1987. This chapter introduces and describes the disease, a history of its understanding, and its causes.

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