July 1965

Basic Medical Electronics.

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By Rudolph C. Camishion, MD. Price, $8. Pp 204, with 99 illustrations. Little, Brown & Co., 34 Beacon St, Boston, Mass 02106, 1964.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(1):157. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870010159031

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Dr. Camishion, in his preface, warns the reader that some minor misconceptions will be generated by his simplified account of electronic theory. There are indeed errors of fact and inelegences of expression, some of which cannot, in all honesty be described as "minor." A catalogue of these errors would occupy a good deal more review space than the book merits, but a few must be cited as examples of the sloppiness that makes this book so totally inadequate. On page 17, the legend to figure 11 tells us that an "electro magnetic" field surrounds a wire carrying direct current; later we read that house current alternates at 60 cycles per "minute," and on page 52, again in the legend, there is a nonsensical account of the function of a grid resistor. That the author is no happier with the practical aspects of his subject is demonstrated by a drawing of

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