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January 25, 1941

Clinical Electrocardiography

JAMA. 1941;116(4):353. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820040087035

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This book of electrocardiography, according to the authors, is "not designed primarily for those beginning their study in this field." The text includes the usual material concerned with the normal electrocardiogram and various physiologic variations, the arrhythmias and disturbances of stimulus formation and conduction. The authors' discussions of the subjects of interference dissociation and parasystole and the bundle of Kent deserve especial commendation. The recent advances in the use of lead 4 are well analyzed and the point is made that "the value of chest leads is often exaggerated." Adversely, comment might be made regarding the reproduction of the details of the illustrative electrocardiograms. The authors also do not follow the terminology of that advocated by the American Heart Association. There is comparatively little discussion of the effect of drugs on the electrocardiogram. One might well disagree with the authors on the interpretation of the electrocardiogram with reference to endocrine

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