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March 10, 1951

Praktische Elektrokardiographie: Extremitäten-EKG, Brustwand-EKG, Belastungs-EKG

JAMA. 1951;145(10):770. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920280082035

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Abstract

This volume has missed the purpose claimed by the author in the introduction, namely, didactic orientation. The presentation is based mainly on the author's interpretation of the classic limb lead electrocardiogram. Precordial leads are described merely in an appendix to the otherwise voluminous text and illustrated in many instances only by schematic drawings of leads that are not in accordance with generally accepted standards. The discussion of the abnormal electrocardiogram is dominated by a subjective note. The author uses numerous, long and nebulous summaries (Richtsaetze), which are repetitious and confusing. There is complete disregard of electrocardiographic progress during the last decennium. The genesis of the normal and abnormal electrocardiogram is dealt with only on the basis of the differential theory. The vague attempt of the author to explain the syndrome of Wolff-Parkinson-White (preexcitation) by a delay of activation is difficult to understand. The illustrations are numerous, but a number of

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