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August 11, 1956

Electrocardiography: Fundamentals and Clinical Application

JAMA. 1956;161(15):1515. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970150083027

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In this second edition Dr. Wolff has chosen the conservative approach and covered the subject in the conventional manner. The book is divided into three parts, dealing with the basic principles of electrocardiography, clinical electrocardiography, and normal and abnormal cardiac mechanisms. In the last section the arrhythmias and the effects of such drugs as digitalis and quinidine are described. The author was tempted to include a section on vectorcardiography but decided against it. This was probably a wise decision, because the book in its present form is written primarily for the student or physician who has had little or no previous knowledge of the subject. Several excellent monographs on vectorcardiography are already available for the advanced student. The text is well written and clear, reflecting the author's many years of teaching electrocardiography. The illustrations are good. There is no bibliography. This book is recommended as an elementary textbook for medical

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