UNC School of Medicine professor edits new handbook on myasthenia gravis

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 — UNC's Dr. James F. Howard Jr. is the editor of a new book, “Myasthenia Gravis: A Handbook for Health Care Professionals."

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine professor is the editor of a newly published handbook on myasthenia gravis.

The book, titled “Myasthenia Gravis: A Handbook for Health Care Professionals,” is described by its publisher as the first comprehensive manual on myasthenia gravis specifically for health care professionals. James F. Howard Jr., M.D., distinguished professor of neuromuscular disease and chief of the neuromuscular disorders section in the department of neurology, served as editor.

Myasthenia gravis, also known as “grave muscle weakness,” is a disorder characterized by variable weakness of voluntary muscles, which often improves with rest and worsens with activity. The condition is caused by an abnormal immune response.

The book is written as an aid for health care personnel who are involved with the care and management of myasthenia gravis patients. It is divided into sections to assist health care professionals in their evaluation, diagnosis and management of myasthenia gravis. Section authors include several current and former faculty members of the schools of medicine and dentistry and current and former staff members of UNC Hospitals.

Media contact: Tom Hughes, 919-966-6047, tahughes@unch.unc.edu

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