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January 1952

Clinical Unipolar Electrocardiography.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1952;89(1):169. doi:10.1001/archinte.1952.00240010179029

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As indicated by the title, the authors have limited their discussion solely to unipolar leads. Although the literature is already replete with texts and articles dealing with the subject, this brief monograph is singularly successful in presenting the material in easily readable and understandable form.

The first two chapters deal with the technique of unipolar electrocardiography and with the physiological principles underlying the normal electrocardiographic patterns. After this introduction, an explanation of the various electrical positions of the heart is given while the remaining chapters deal with the commoner electrocardiographic abnormalities. These include ventricular enlargement, bundle branch block, myocardial infarction, and the various patterns seen with ventricular aneurysm, pericarditis, quinidine effect, hypopotassemia, etc.

Although intended primarily for the beginner, the book will serve as an excellent refresher for the busy internist. It is not, however, a detailed treatise, and those desiring a more comprehensive discussion of the topic will necessarily

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