The handbook puts into plain English the published information about McArdle Disease which is normally written in technical language as it is aimed at medical or scientific professionals. Some sections are necessarily still rather technical, but in general the handbook should be understandable to people without any medical or scientific training. It is fully referenced to the source publications.
Each chapter has an introduction which summarises the coming pages as simply as possible. Then more detail is given in the main text, using slightly more technical language.
The Handbook has chapters on:
- Symptoms and diagnosis
- Exercise, muscle contractions and cramps
- Muscle damage, raised CK, myoglobinuria
- Sources of energy in muscle cells
- Dietary supplements
- The effect of age on symptoms
- Differences in severity of symtoms
- Mental and emotional aspects
- Sexual activity, pregnancy and birth
- Factors which may be a greater risk for McArdle people
- Possible increased risk of other diseases
- McArdle specialists and family doctors
- Models of McArdle’s to test future treatments
- Potential therapies
- How to use the Handbook.
- Glossary; list of references and index.