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In large part, Dr Liebman's new scholarly book is not for the "lighthearted." The book is a well-written reference for those interested in the finer points of electrocardiography and the physical principles underlying electrical phenomena in the ECG. The sections dealing with the biophysical basis of electrocardiography, the ECG lead theory, and measurement system response, while comprehensive, are of limited value to the practicing cardiologist. There is a 50-page chapter on normal standards, which represents an amalgam of criteria by past and present authors, and there is a 35-page atlas of ECGs and vectorcardiograms characteristic of various lesions. Despite the book's title, vectorcardiography plays a significant role in the text, and Liebman's correlations with the vectorial systems of Frank and McGee lend a depth and breadth to ECG interpretation beyond that permitted by pattern reading of 12-lead systems.
The concluding 100 pages of the book represent the contributions of Drs
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