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May 1974

Textbook of Vectocardiography.

Author Affiliations

Bellflower, Calif

 

By Richard J. Kennedy, MD; Philip Varriale, MD; and Joseph C. Alfenito, MD. Price, $17.50. Pp 409. Harper & Row, Medical Department, 49 E 33 Street, New York 10016, 1970.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;133(5):876. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320170152033

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Abstract

The authors have designed an approach to vectorcardiography that is intended to be simple, concise, and devoid of lengthy theoretical considerations.

Initial chapters deal with the conduction system, sequence of depolarization and repolarization, vector-cardiographic lead systems, and methods of displaying the vector-cardiogram (VCG). Subsequent chapters are concerned with the discussion of the normal VCG and with the usual sequence of abnormalities found in standard textbooks of electrocardiography.

The chapters dealing with the specific VCG abnormalities are well organized and present the essential facts in a brief, clear manner. The introductory chapters are somewhat weak. For example, the spread of atrial electrical activity from the sinus node to the atrioventricular node is described as occurring through nonspecialized atrial muscle. No consideration is given to the specific internodal pathways.

The weakest aspect of this book is the lack of clarity in many of the VCG illustrations. The authors have purposely used

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