February 1983

Pediatric Electrocardiography

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of California, Irvine 101 City Dr S Orange, CA 92668


by Jerome Liebman, Robert Plonsey, and Paul Gillette, 354 pp, $55, Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1982.

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(2):191. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140280083035

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This volume is, as stated by Alexander S. Nadas in his foreword, a "comprehensive scholarly volume on pediatric cardiology that brings the discipline into the last quarter of the 20th Century." There is no question that this book is scholarly and comprehensive and, in that, lies its major strength.

The book begins with an in-depth discussion of the biophysical basis for electrocardiography (ECG), followed by a detailed discussion of the anatomy of the cardiac conduction system and the activation of the heart. The ECG lead theory and lead system are discussed in considerable detail, using mathematical equations. Some of the chapters will be of less interest to the clinician than others, including chapter 5 on "Electrocardiographic Measurement System Response" and chapter 7 on "Statistics Related to Electrocardiographic Interpretation." These, as well as certain other chapters, rely relatively heavily on mathematical formula. Other chapters, such as chapter 6 entitled "The Methodological