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December 15, 1956

New Bases of Electrocardiography

JAMA. 1956;162(16):1507. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970330079036

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This English edition of a textbook on electrocardiography that has already had three Spanish editions is most welcome. The book is written primarily for students and incorporates within it the many years of teaching experience that the author has had at the National Institute of Cardiology of Mexico. For instance, one will find in this book the clearest explanation of the electrical position of the heart given anywhere. Although the author follows the lead of his teacher, the late Dr. Frank Wilson, he has also included results of his own research, particularly in reference to the correlation of electrocardiographic, clinical, and pathological data. The first chapters follow the conventional pattern of describing the electrophysiological basis for electrocardiography. Subsequent chapters are more concerned with the direct application of these principles than with the long detailed descriptions of clinical electrocardiography commonly found in most textbooks. Vectorcardiography, the ventricular gradient, and intracavitary potential

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