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June 7, 1971

New Uses of Electrocardiography

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Winitopeg, Canada

JAMA. 1971;216(10):1644-1645. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180360090020

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To the Editor.—  In your EDITORIAL "A Bundle of Information" (216: 669, 1971) you have failed to mention a new electrocardiographic test which had been devised in our hospital a few years ago. Finding the two-step test too hazardous, we substituted a much more gentle and pleasurable way of accelerating the heart rate. This is brought about by having the patient read a pornographic book for 15 minutes. A 12-lead pornocardiogram is then taken and carefully checked for S-T depressions and T-wave inversions. In the absence of these abnormalities, as defined by Master (not Masters), we consider the tracing normal. If the record is abnormal, we let the patient rest for one hour and then take a cornocardiogram to serve as control in ruling out false-positive tests. Any corny book in our hospital library can be used for this purpose. If the ECG remains normal after the patient has been