April 1973

Vectorcardiography in Congenital Heart Disease: A Method for Estimating Severity.

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Cincinnati 45229


By R Curtis Ellison MD; Norman J Restieaux, MB, ChB, FRACP, MRCP(London), with a foreword by Alexander S Nadas, MD. Price, $13.50. Pp 209, with 138 illustrations. WB Saunders Co, W Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19105, 1972.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;125(4):626. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.04160040120031

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In recent years vectorcardiography has rapidly become one of the standard diagnostic procedures in most medical centers. Although several texts on this subject have been published in the past few years, they are mostly oriented toward acquired heart disease. A book on vectorcardiography in congenital heart disease is certainly a welcome addition.

The vectorcardiograms and the scalar X, Y, Z leads in this book were recorded with the Frank lead system. Part one of the volume deals with the fundamentals. The basic concepts, methods of analysis, and normal and abnormal vectorcardiograms are discussed. Part two includes a description of the various congenital lesions and constitutes the major portion of this book. The text is concise and easy to read. The illustrations are generally of good quality. The cases are well selected and the diagnoses were proved by cardiac catheterization.

The authors have emphasized the usefulness of the Frank electrovectorcardiogram in

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