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February 19, 1982

Clinical Electrocardiography

Author Affiliations

Indiana University Indianapolis


2 vol, edited by William E. James, Philip S. Wolf, and Clyde E. Tucker (accredited multimedia learning system), various pagination, with illus and 14 cassettes, $158, Parker, CO 80134 (PO Box 158), Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;247(7):1050. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320320074041

This bulky learning package consists of two large three-ring binders (a third volume is apparently in preparation), each containing a set of seven one-hour cassette tapes, a loose-leaf illustrated text of the presentations, case studies with short bibliographies, and a self-evaluation exercise. This totals 14 hours of instruction, recited by a professional narrator who reads from the texts prepared by a faculty of ten indisputably knowledgeable experts in electrocardiography and electrophysiology.

Most of the text is aimed at the beginner, although some fine points in different chapters may appeal to a more advanced clinical cardiologist. The time allotted to different topics strikes me as somewhat arbitrary and not always commensurate with the relative importance of the subject. Thus, preexcitation syndromes share an equal one-hour time with the normal ECG and myocardial infarction patterns.

Much of the information is accurate and up-to-date. The diagrams tend to be instructive and the tracings