Is the "impact factor" a valid measure of the impact of research published in Clinical Neurophysiology and Muscle & Nerve?

Department of Neurology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Central Clinical School, The University of Sydney, N.S.W. 2006, Australia.
Muscle & Nerve (Impact Factor: 2.28). 09/2012; 46(3):309-12. DOI: 10.1002/mus.23608
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