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August 27, 1973

Learning Electrocardiography: A Complete Course

Author Affiliations

University of Kentucky Lexington


by Jules Constant, 586 pp, with illus, $22.50, Little, Brown & Co., 1973.

JAMA. 1973;225(9):1128. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220370064036

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Electrocardiography seems to offer the novice a wider choice of primers, synopses, introductions, and elementary texts than any other segment of medical literature. Stiff competition and uncertain acceptance are likely to face the newcomers to such a crowded market. The newest competitor, however, probably does not need to worry about the prospect of insufficient recognition by the public. Learning Electrocardiography may best be described as a rather practical "how to do it" approach, with questions and answers in a "Socratic method." The method may not be superior to either a purely narrative, or to a strictly programmed textbook, but this particular volume happens to contain good questions and good answers.

The reader encounters a dedicated and sensitive teacher—an apparent veteran of many successful and stimulating dialogues with generations of students and house officers. He understands what they wish to know and why they may have difficulties in grasping certain problems