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February 1968


Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(2):203. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640020091036

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This brief text represents a self-programmed book on electrocardiography starting from Adam and Eve and leading to no more than the most elementary approach to reading an electrocardiogram. When shipwrecked on a remote island and feeling desirous to leaf back and forth constantly through a book, somewhat in a crossword puzzle fashion, provided that the poor quality of the paper will withstand this physical strain, this curiously designed text on electrocardiography will provide a Robinson Crusoe with some information on the subject.

The reviewer has assured himself that this can be accomplished by exposing a highly intelligent and equally tenacious layman to the text. It requires a continuous minimum exposure per session of 30 to 60 minutes keeping the peruser physically busy by continuously having to leaf through the book. Somehow it seems to miss the message that medical students and physicians have had some training in physiology and are

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