A Study of Duchenne Type Muscular Dystrophy and the Use of Serum Creatine Phosphokinase in the Diagnosis of the Disease and the Determination of the Frmale Carrier State
Northrup, Thomas Edgar
Jones, William Davies
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The purpose of this project was to compile genealogies of those families in the Kalamazoo area who had any history of muscular dystrophy, preferably of the Duchenne-type. Blood samples were to be taken and the creatine phosphokinase level in the serum was to be determined for each member of the family. In this manner it was planned to test the hypotheses that female carriers of the disease could be identified to a high percent by their raised creatine phosphokinase (CPK) level. At the same time, these family trees would help complete the Major Disease Clinic's files at Borgess Hospital.