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January 22, 1968

Electrocardiography in the Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease

JAMA. 1968;203(4):307. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140040059029

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The physician or student who expects to find the subject of congenital heart disease covered in less space than in Burch and Winsor's earlier books that covered the whole field of electrocardiography will be disappointed. He will see a large book of 755 pages in small print, jampacked with facts and figures. The physician who seeks to find specific information on some aspect of the electrocardiogram in a certain malformation will be delighted. He will discover details and a summary of electrocardiographic features which characterize that malformation, relative to its anatomic and physiologic variations and to age differences.

The book begins with an analysis of the electrocardiogram in normal infants, children, and adults. Important data are set forth conveniently in a few tables and diagrams, with more detailed information in the appendix. In the normal subjects, as well as those with congenital heart disease, the number of individuals tested is