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September 27, 1952

P-Q-R-S-T: A Guide to Electrocardiogram Interpretation.

JAMA. 1952;150(4):433. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680040175032

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This booklet, which is "intended for the beginner to be used as a practical guide during the actual examination and interpretation of electrocardiographic tracings," has missed its purpose. In his attempt to discuss as much as possible of information on the subject in a pocket-sized book, the author has chosen the unfortunate approach of discussing standard leads, aV limb leads, lead IV, and multiple precordial leads separately, with the result that there are numerous and unnecessary repetitions. Data are presented in semitabular form, using various types of print and many symbols, which in turn require numerous footnotes for explanation. Thus, where simplicity is required from the didactic standpoint, confusion is created. The diagrammatic drawings that accompany the text do not always correspond to actual electrocardiographic patterns. The most common and important anomalies of the electrocardiogram are presented as case reports with electrocardiograms of poor technical quality. Conspicuously absent are examples

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