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November 8, 1958

Advances in Electrocardiography

JAMA. 1958;168(10):1421. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000100123032

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This monograph deals with the fundamental advances in electrocardiography made in the period 1946-1956. The editor is assisted by five contributors. The subject matter is discussed under four categories: source of potential, conducting medium, spread of excitation, and recovery and rhythms. Much of the material consists of biochemical, biophysical, and mathematical concepts which form the bases for modern clinical electrocardiography. This portion is written in an interesting manner, is well documented with diagrams and illustrations, and of necessity is not light reading. Other portions deal with fundamental bases of practical electrocardiography and are magnificently presented and illustrated. Of particular note in this latter category are the chapters on intraventricular conduction and electrocardiographic interpretation in congenital heart disease. The purpose of the monograph is to present the most significant advances in the fundamental sciences applied to electrocardiography for the clinician and not to present another textbook on interpretation. The authors have

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