March 1962

Electrophysiology of the Heart

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By Brian F. Hoffman, M.D., and Paul F. Cranefield, Ph.D. Price, $12.50. Pp. 323, with 120 illustrations. Blakiston Company, Division of McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 330 W. 42nd St., New York 36, 1960.

Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(3):370. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620150120020

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It is difficult to write a review about a very good book or a very bad book. In the case of the latter it seems wasteful to say anything more than "don't read it;" in the case of the former it is presumptious to say anything more than "read it."

This book falls in the first category. It contains original data collected by means of the intracellular microelectrode in large part by the eminently qualified authors themselves. They have been careful to integrate the results of their experiments, many previously unreported, with the results of most other investigators concerned with the transmembrane potential of myocardium and the specific tissues of the heart. The result is a mature, up-to-the-minute treatise on electrophysiology of cardiac tissue which is "a must" on the reading list of all concerned, even in a remote way, with the electrical behavior of biological systems. This includes electrocardiographers

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