[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
May 17, 1971

Principles and Techniques of Cardiac Pacing

Author Affiliations

Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1971;216(7):1203-1204. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180330077031

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


Topics related to early recognition and immediate care of cardiac emergencies have gained enormous popularity in the last decade. Many books, courses, articles, and lectures have dealt with this subject, although certainly not with equal excellence. Many of these presentations adopt an almost evangelistic viewpoint. Between the workers involved in developing techniques and equipment for the care of patients with cardiac disease, and their colleagues in medical practice, a gap quickly became established. Closing an information gap requires a kind of evangelism, and sometimes encounters resistance. Fortunately, resistance is disappearing, and the gap is now almost entirely one of lagging information exchange. Among the books which will succeed in disseminating information is Furman and Escher's rather short work on cardiac pacing.

These authors have an almost journalistic approach to cardiac pacing, which at this point in its development lends itself to this kind of rhetorical treatment. The authors do not