July 1950

An Elementary Atlas of Cardiography.

Author Affiliations

By H. Wallace-Jones, E. N. Chamberlain and E. L. Rubin. Pp. 108, with 99 illustrations. John Wright & Sons, Ltd., 42-44, Triangle West, Bristol 8, England (American agent, Williams & Wilkins Company, Mount Royal and Guilford Aves., Baltimore 2), 1948.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1950;86(1):164-165. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230130186018

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This small book, as stated by the authors in the preface to the first edition, is designed for the overburdened medical student, for whom "we feel electrocardiography should not loom too largely in its general knowledge of medicine."

A few basic concepts regarding the formation of the electrocardiogram are followed by a brief description of the normal tracing, the common abnormal rhythms and conduction defects.

The chapter dealing with the electrocardiogram in coronary thrombosis seems somewhat oversimplified. "Most records... can be separated into two types." A "T I" and a "T III" type are mentioned without reference to the Q waves which tend to develop as part of the pattern. "Some cases of coronary thrombosis do not fall into either of these groups and are of indeterminate origin," the authors state. In defense of the science of electrocardiography, it must be mentioned that a large share of electrocardiograms which do

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