Von Dr. med. F.P.N. Schennetten, Dozent an der I. medizinischen Universitätsklinik und Poliklinik der Charité Berlin. Cloth. 10 marks. Pp. 109, with 85 illustrations. Georg Thieme, Thomaskirchhof 21, (10b) Leipzig C 1 (Russian Zone), 1951.
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According to the preface, this booklet should familiarize the practitioner with current terminology used in clinical electrocardiography. Actually, it can be considered, at best, a survey of electrocardiography as practiced about 20 years ago. The presentation is mainly based on a description of abnormalities in the three Einthoven leads. Precordial leads are discussed superficially in a separate chapter that includes a few examples of alterations of leads CF2 and CF4. The illustrations are poor, half schematic drawings; actual electrocardiograms are reproduced only in a chapter on extracardiac artefacts, which occupies 20 pages. Diagrams explaining axis shift are confusing because of incorrect and arbitrary polarity indicated for the three limb leads.
This completely outdated compendium is sponsored by one of the most distinguished German internists. This shows that advances in clinical electrocardiography, so well presented in some other recent German publications, have apparently not yet found practical application in some leading
Vademecum der klinischen Elektrokardiographie: Ein Leitfaden für Ärzte und Studierende unter besonderer Verücksichtigung der Brustwandableitungen und Differentialdiagnose der Störungen im Ekg. JAMA. 1952;149(9):905. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930260107036
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