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February 1943

The Electrocardiogram and the X-Ray Configuration of the Heart.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1943;71(2):298. doi:10.1001/archinte.1943.00210020164012

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The same painstaking effort that went into the first edition of this book may be found in the revised and enlarged second edition. New material has been added. New sections deal with visualization of the chambers of the heart, disease of the tricuspid valve, myxedema and the "giant left auricle." The book covers rather thoroughly the effect of various types of cardiovascular disease and disorders on the cardiac silhouette. Each type of disease or disorder is illustrated by a roentgenogram of the heart. Beside each roentgenogram is placed an electrocardiogram. Each electrocardiogram is interpreted in the light of knowledge gained by the roentgen study plus a clinical study of the patient. The photographs and illustrations, which make up virtually the entire book, are excellent.

The main criticism of the book centers around the author's overenthusiastic interpretation of the electrocardiograms. The reader is left with the impression that in a given

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