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Monograph: The Early Development of Electromyography
Monograph: The Early Development of Electromyography
Objectives: The objectives of this activity are to review the development of the understanding of electricity, the physiology of nerve and muscle tissue, and the origins of the use of earlier equipment in the study and treatment of normal and abnormal human neuro-physiology. Early experiments with electricity are discussed. The recognition of the relationship between electrical stimulation of nerve and the contraction of its muscle is reviewed. The important contributions by Duchenne are stressed. These contributions acted as a stimulus to further investigations of electrophysiology and the development of electrodiagnostic studies in humans. The rapid increase in the understanding and evaluation of human disease are discussed, particularly the contributions of key investigators in the 20th century.

This monograph was originally published in 1995.

The AANEM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The authors have no conflicts to disclose.

The AANEM is accredited by the American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to providing continuing education for physicians. AANEM designates this Journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Credit expires 5/14/2027.
Francis J. Bonner Jr., MD; Allen B. DevlescHoward, MD.
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on May 14, 2027
Cost: Member: $0.00
Non-Member: $15.00
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 CEU Credit
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