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December 4, 1967


Author Affiliations

Rochester, NY

JAMA. 1967;202(10):993-994. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130230119041

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The author has developed a very successful programmed electrocardiographic text. The reader participates actively in the learning process through a group of scrambled, multiple-choice questions as well as questions requiring constructed responses. The overall effect is an enjoyable learning experience.

The fundamental of electrocardiography are well presented, and the sequential approach from basic concepts of electrocardiography to disorders of cardiac rhythm flows smoothly. The author has utilized a modified Grant approach in the preliminary sections dealing with leads, and a pattern orientation in the subsequent parts. The section on myocardial infarction could have been longer. Although Dr. Owen hails from across the Atlantic at Newcastle upon Tyne, terminology is fully acceptable for American students. The printing is good, and the electrocardiograms are clearly presented and reproduced.

This excellent programmed text is highly recommended to many audiences. Medical students will be delighted by the way Dr. Owen has developed a more