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January 9, 1978

Diagnostic Electrocardiography and Vector-cardiography

Author Affiliations

University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester

JAMA. 1978;239(2):145. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280290065031

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Each year's crop of ECG texts includes so many good ones that it is difficult to discern a truly outstanding book. This one fills the bill. A worthy successor to the original (JAMA 216:2019, 1971), this edition has many new illustrations and encompasses every noteworthy advance. In doing this, Dr Friedman has avoided traditional oversimplifications and the "cookbook" approach of many successful texts, while preserving his customary clarity in dealing with even the most technical points. The chapter on electrophysiology, for example, covers the state of the art along with simple, clear diagrams, which both the novice and the connoisseur will appreciate. A comprehensive discussion of P-wave abnormalities is appropriately cautious in dealing with atrial enlargement and hypertrophy. Each chapter presents the facts in logical order and concludes with a "Concepts" section that analyzes their theoretical and practical aspects. Thus, there are caveats about the tangential validity of many useful