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November 1968

Book Reviews

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(5):459. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00040010459020

There is little new or exciting in this monograph. Indeed this reviewer cringes at the use of the word "auricle" throughout the text. The author, however, brings together under one cover much of the information and literature on atrial activity, and the sole merit of the book rests on this point. The promises (on the dust cover) of more precise analysis from improvements in instrumentation, of clarification of the dextrocardias, and of a revision of the principle atrial arrhythmias are left unfulfilled.

The original contributions from the authors' material constitute small collections of cases from which broad conclusions do not seem warranted. This is especially apparent in the section relating tall peaked P waves of right atrial configuration to concomitant desaturation. While a relationship may exist, it appears overtly fortuitous and hardly clarified by the data cited in the monograph. Similar lack of clarity is frequent in other portions