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March 18, 1961

Differential Diagnosis of the Electrocardiogram

JAMA. 1961;175(11):1027. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040110091041

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The authors of this recent addition to the many existing texts have chosen an original approach. The book is divided into four parts. The first part, illustrated by diagrams, introduces the reader to normal and abnormal electrophysiologic phenomena of the heart in a conventional manner. The second part is an atlas of basic normal and abnormal electrocardiographic patterns, each facing a short description. In the third part, extensive cross indexing permits ready consultation of pages in which particular abnormalities and their clinical significance are systematically discussed. The last part is a comprehensive index. There are no references. The prints are excellent, but the illustrative electrocardiograms appear either redrawn from originals or heavily retouched.

The presentation reflects years of experience with practical clinical electrocardiography. Its potentialities and pitfalls are stressed. Most commendable are repeated reminders of the nonspecificity of many alterations and the need for serial tracings to arrive at a

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