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January 19, 1970

Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias

Author Affiliations

Tufts University Boston

JAMA. 1970;211(3):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170030096029

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In 234 pages (including a good index), Dr. Stock has produced a remarkable textbook on dysrhythmias which compresses an enormous amount of theoretical and practical data without sacrificing "readability." In the diagnostic half (125 pages) he has succeeded in presenting the essence of what can be found in several of the standard weighty tomes on the subject. All the important theoretical concepts are touched on and the criteria for diagnosis of individual rhythm disorders are completely set forth with a clarity which is unusual for this subject matter. The discussion of controversies is particularly enlivened by the author's personal views, which are always closely reasoned. The therapeutic sections move from generalities to specific recommendations, in each clinical setting providing a plan of action within a context relating dysrhythmia mechanisms to the physiology and pharmacology of the agents used. Tables and diagrams are clear and adequate in numbers, as are illustrative