July 1974

Cardiac Arrhythmias.

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles


Edited by Leonard S. Dreifus, MD, and William Likoff, MD. Price, $29.75. Pp 681. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 111 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10003, 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(1):188-189. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320190190058

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This 25th Hahnemann Symposium is the second devoted to cardiac arrhythmias and follows the first 1965 symposium by seven years. New knowledge has been derived by His bundle recordings, coronary care experience, and cardiac electrophysiologic research, as they have clarified both mechanisms involved in cardiac arrhythmias and their management. The 83 contributors to this symposium bring these topics together in an up-to-date and authoritative presentation. Some discussions are extremely technical and are of interest chiefly to the electrophysiologist. However, the clinical cardiologist is not forgotten. Particularly useful clinical chapters are devoted to the pharmacology of antiarrhythmic agents, management of cardiac arrhythmias, and cardiac pacemakers. The presentations elucidating the mechanisms of the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome are outstanding.

As science advances, some of our dreams must fade into the sunset. This seems to be the fate of the Wedensky phenomenon, which rated a four-page, tentative, apologetic presentation. Earlier chapters explained it much better

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