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August 12, 1933

Les tachycardies paroxystiques ventriculaires.

JAMA. 1933;101(7):550. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740320060034

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On approaching this book, one wonders how 500 pages can be used in a discussion of ventricular tachycardia. One discovers that the author does it exceedingly well and without unnecessary circumlocution. Ninety-nine cases are reported which illustrate all possible forms of this disorder and one suspects that these cases represent all that are to be found in the literature to date. The book is opened by a general consideration of the subject. Here are considered the importance of this disorder, some historical facts in connection with it, and the diagnostic criteria, both clinical and electrocardiographic. The author then divides the cases into two main groups, the grave type (les tachycardies ventriculaires prefibrillatoires), and a benign type. It is with the former type that a large part of the book is concerned. A consideration of the causes of this disorder includes diseases of the coronary artery, chloroform intoxication, certain drugs, diphtheria

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