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June 10, 1974

Cardiac Pacing

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Hospital West Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1974;228(11):1433. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230360057033

Since cardiac pacing has become established as a therapeutic procedure, many reviews have been published. A new addition is not superfluous in view of the technical progress in instrumentation and of the continuously expanding application of pacing to therapy of arrhythmias and also to diagnostic studies. There is need to critically collect the voluminous literature, especially for a topic in which inadequate information cannot be tolerated, and even more so, because the technique of introducing an artificial pacer is not difficult and the basic concepts of pacing are deceptively simple.

The present book, written by a large number of active workers in the field, gives indeed comprehensive information on pacing. It also covers topics that really belong to the more general subject of arrhythmias, as the chapters dealing with the anatomy and pathology of the conduction system and with His bundle recordings. Even the chapters on physiologic aspects of pacing,