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March 4, 1961

Electrocardiography: Principles and Practice—

JAMA. 1961;175(9):826-827. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040090086033

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The introduction to this text is misleading in that it is directed to a wide general audience, from the medical student to the electrocardiographer, and its tone is polemic. The text, however, is a carefully reasoned examination of the assumptions underlying electrocardiographic interpretation and, as such, will largely be meaningful only to those physicians who have concerned themselves with reading and understanding electrocardiograms, but it will be intensely interesting to them.

The discussion falls into two major divisions, those chapters dealing mostly with the interpretation of the ventricular complex (1 to 5, 11, and 12) and those dealing with disturbances of rhythm or conduction (6 to 10). One serious fault is noted in the discussion of the ventricular complex. The author designates the assumptions of remoteness and homogeneity underlying the older forms of vectorial electrocardiographic interpretation as the Einthoven theory and Wilson theory. Against them, he cites the many unsound

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