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July 11, 1977

Cardiac Arrhythmias: Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1977;238(2):166. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280020070034

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A frequent participant in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in electrocardiography, I am often asked to recommend a book that is not as spartan as introductory cookbookstyle texts, but not as stratospheric as the advanced, electrophysiologically oriented texts and symposia. This book fills the bill. Assisted by 11 outstanding colleagues, its distinguished editor has aimed at instructing physicians specializing in internal medicine or family practice, nurse specialists, medical students, and house officers. Many texts proclaim a comparably broad goal. This one has the necessary clarity of outline and presentation to achieve it.

All the common arrhythmias and some less common but lethal conditions are illustrated and analyzed with appropriate discussions of etiology, pathogenesis, and treatment. The settings in which these rhythm disturbances occur are also described, enhancing the "real-world" flavor of this authoritative book. The hand of the editor is apparent not only in the five chapters by him, but also