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April 3, 1967

Mechanisms and Therapy of Cardiac Arrhythmias

Author Affiliations

West Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1967;200(1):86-87. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120140144047

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A collection of 76 papers on cardiac arrhythmias, this volume is divided into 11 sections, dealing with the formation of the arrhythmic impulses in general, and of ventricular and of atrioventricular arrhythmias particularly; with identification and treatment of supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias, and of atrioventricular block; with pertinent pharmacology. Separate subdivisions on the preexcitation syndrome, on metabolic derangements, and on cardiac monitoring, defibrillation and pacemaking are included. Some papers are concerned with clinical problems, some with myocardial energetics and with the hemodynamic effects of the arrhythmias; mostly, however, the general physiology of the myocardium and the pathogenesis of abnormal impulse formation and conduction are analyzed. Some of the presentations are reviews of recent as well as old contributions; some are reports of new research.

Obviously, this is not a comprehensive text on the subject, but an anthology, a "collection of flowers," directed to the informed reader rather than to the