The Biochemistry of Myasthenia Gravis

  • John A. Simpson


It is a signal honour to be invited to discuss myasthenia gravis in Heidelberg. Though earlier physicians may have described cases we now recognize as myasthenia gravis, there is no doubt that Erb (1879) gave the first clear account of the disease and differentiated it from other causes of bulbar palsy, and his name will ever be linked with it and honoured wherever myasthenia gravis is studied. None will dispute that the selection of subjects for research in medicine depends on the contemporary view of disease. For this reason there has been little study of the biochemical state of the myasthenic patient since interest has been focussed on the neuromuscular junction.


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