June 1973

Principles of Cardiac Arrhythmias.

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USA Washington, DC


By Edward K. Chung, MD. Price, $24.75. Pp 540. Williams & Wilkins Co, 428 E Preston St, Baltimore 21202, 1971.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;131(6):940-941. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.00320120180016

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Chung has written a very good book on cardiac arrhythmias. He has organized the information in the classical way, starting with a basic chapter on anatomy, electrophysiology, and the effect of arrhythmias on hemodynamics, and then proceeds systematically through the arrhythmias by site of origin. There are comprehensive chapters on Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, parasystole, atrial dissociation, electrical alternans, and aberrant conduction. The book concludes with special categories of arrhythmias such as those associated with electrolyte disturbances and acute myocardial infarction, and summary chapters on differential diagnosis of tachyarrhythmias and management of arrhythmias. Reading the book cover-to-cover was much like walking through a "zoological garden" of arrhythmias. In chapter after chapter, one encounters the commonest of arrhythmias along with the rarest and the "only-twice reported" arrthymias, usually described both times by Chung himself.

The outstanding characteristic of this book, distinguishing it from some of the other texts on arrhythmias, is the profuse

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