Duchenne de boulogne: Electrodiagnosis of poliomyelitis

Hanna Reincke, Kevin R. Nelson

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Duchenne de Boulogne was among the first to investigate neuromuscular diseases. He stimulated muscle and nerve with moistened surface electrodes, thereby avoiding tissue necrosis. Technique and self‐designed equipment are discussed in his first major work de I'electrisation localisee. During his 30 years of practice, he examined several hundred patients with poliomyelitis. With electrodiagnostic evaluation, he focused on “electrocontractility,” the intensity of muscle contraction elicited by electrical stimulation. Based on his electrophysiologic findings, Duchenne suggested that the responsible lesion resided within the spinal cord. He used electrical stimulation for treatment and recognized prognostic features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-62
Number of pages7
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1990


  • Duchenne de Boulogne
  • history of electrodiagnosis
  • history of neurology
  • poliomyelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Physiology (medical)


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