March 27, 1972

The Disorders of Cardiac Rhythm

Author Affiliations

Tulane University New Orleans


by Leo Schamroth, 636 pp, 353 illus, $42, Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications (Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Co.), 1971.

JAMA. 1972;219(13):1768. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190390052032

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For the resident and intern, and for their older colleagues who must interpret the electrocardiographic data that pours from intensive care, coronary care, and other special monitoring units, The Disorders of Cardiac Rhythm may prove a godsend. Schamroth shows how to distinguish one arrythmia from another, a distinction that, when quickly made, sometimes influences a patient's treatment and prognosis. Of course, studying Schamroth's book will not turn a novice into an electrocardiographer, but it will help.

Schamroth's text is detailed and remarkably thorough. In the first half of his book, four-, five-, and six-page chapters relate disturbances of impulse formation and conduction and refer to the illustrative electrocardiograms that make up the second half. Consequently, the reader frequently must leaf pages from front to back as he refers to one illustration after another. On the other hand, a special index makes it easy to retrieve typical electrocardiograms for comparison with