March 1958

Electrocardiography: Fundamentals and Clinical Application.

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By Louis Wolff. Second edition. Price, $7.00. Pp. 342, with 199 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5, 1956.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;95(3):340. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060050342033

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This 330-page book, the second edition, differs from its predecessor by the introduction of the concept of spatial vectorcardiographic orientation. This is accomplished not by adding a separate section on this young subject but rather by presenting a vector analysis of each topic as a basis for the electrocardiographic alterations noted. This extension of each electrical analysis is brief and is accompanied by instructive diagrams and sample tracings. The result is a discussion of each chapter, which is simple and clear, and the author thereby reaffirms himself as an able teacher of his subject. This approach also helps to remove a portion of the empiric character of traditional instruction in electrocardiography.

Division of the text into a section on basic principles followed by a section on clinical considerations provides a logical presentation of each topic from its two viewpoints, theory and application. The final section is devoted to the arrhythmias.

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