July 1974

Learning Electrocardiography: A Complete Course.

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Kansas City, Mo


By Jules Constant, MD. Price, $22.50. Pp 586. Little, Brown & Co, 34 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02106, 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(1):183. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320190185038

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Dr. Constant's book is 586 pages long and is based on the technique of question-and-answer. The book has been conceived as a "complete course" in electrocardiography; in the preface, the author declares his intent to use Socratic methods based on Robert Grant's frontal and horizontal hexaxial vector approach. Constant covers electrocardiography thoroughly, and the book could be a useful means for a neophyte medical student or nursing student to learn about electrocardiography. The modified programed learning and question-and-answer style get in the way of real scholarship, however. Spoonfeeding has its merits, but who wants to be fed a whole supermarket, a spoonful at a time? The illustrations are excellently reproduced and the book is attractively presented. The spoonfeeding theme carries over into the illustrations. Isn't that Laurel's face on the drawing of a slender chest and isn't that Hardy next to him, demonstrating his horizontal build? Does the reader really

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