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January 31, 1959


JAMA. 1959;169(5):542. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000220122033

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This book was designed for the beginning student in electrocardiography. Its purpose is to clarify the basic principles involved in the study of electrocardiograms and their clinical interpretation. The author has done a commendable job in explaining the physiology and electrophysics in both normal and abnormal electrocardiograms by liberal use of schematic illustrations. After establishing the foundation of the electrical phenomena of electrocardiography, their clinical application is discussed. This has been documented with good illustrative electrocardiographic tracings. The author has covered arrhythmias, heart block, hypertrophy, currents of ischemia, and changes resulting from necrosis of the myocardium, plus the characteristic patterns of the various forms of electrolyte imbalance. Also discussed are the effects of digitalis and quinidine and the significance of alterations in the Q-T interval. The author spent much time in the planning and illustration of the material presented. He also avoided long and technical discussion of controversial phases of

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