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December 10, 1973

Essentials of Heart Rhythm Analysis

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Hospital West Haven, Conn


by Ira W. Weiss, 272 pp, 504 illus, paper, $6.95, F. A. Davis Co., 1973.

JAMA. 1973;226(11):1362-1363. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230110050029

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This paperback illustrates the electrocardiograms of common arrhythmias and their interpretation. The first chapter deals with the formation of the automatic impulse and its conduction to the common myocardium; the second describes the standard electrocardiogram and explains how deflections and intervals are analyzed. The modalities of abnormal conduction and a descriptive listing of ectopic beats and rhythms, including flutter and fibrillation, are presented in the third and fourth chapters; the artificial pacemaker rhythms are also presented. The fifth chapter illustrates the method used by the author to analyze the arrhythmias. Chapter 6 is a collection of 100 tracings for the reader to diagnose, followed by a discussion and the interpretation by the author. An extensive glossary and an analytical index conclude the book.

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