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October 7, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(6):504-505. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060066028

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It is difficult to assign a place to this booklet among the many now available on the subject. In the preface the author states that the purpose of the book is to help the student preparing for a higher examination in medicine and especially to assist hospital medical officers called on to report on an occasional electrocardiogram and to guide practitioners in understanding the findings reported to them on patients sent for cardiac examinations. It is unlikely that this book could successfully serve in any of these capacities. It is entirely too superficial, and the text is too inadequate for anyone unfamiliar with electrocardiography; it has nothing to offer the intermediate student.

Arrhythmias are dealt with in an elementary way in the text, but the illustrations are often much more complex, and since the author does not deal with these complexities, the alert student will be aware that much of

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