May 1973

A Manual of Cardiac Arrhythmias.

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By Michael Bilitich, MD. Price, $12.50. Pp 320. Little, Brown & Co, 34 Beacon St, Boston 02106, 1971.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;131(5):754-755. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.00320110138024

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Bilitich's A Manual of Cardiac Arrhythmias is more inclusive than the title implies. He has included, within the 295 pages, several other important subjects that are most valuable to physicians involved in acute care. This does not take anything away from those chapters devoted to the subject of arrhythmias but rather enhances the overall value of the manual.

The first chapter concerns basic principles, and a brief exposure to electrophysiology is presented. Simplified anatomic diagrams and drawings of action potentials are shown. This section is followed by patient evaluation that relates important features of the history, physical examination, and bedside procedures. A discussion of rhythm interpretation follows that should be useful to the beginner in the field.

In the second chapter entitled "Study and Treating Arrhythmias," the reader has an opportunity to view various procedures helpful in arrhythmia analysis. The taking and interpretation of special leads such as esophageal and

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