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September 26, 1980

An Introduction to Electrocardiography: A Primer for Students, Graduates, Practitioners and Nurses Concerned With Coronary Care and Other Forms of Intensive Care

JAMA. 1980;244(13):1501-1502. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310130073044

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ECG—An Introductory Course: A Practical Introduction to Clinical Electrocardiography,  by M. J. Halhuber, R. Günther, and M. Ciresa (H. J. Hirsch, trans), 155 pp, 98 illus, paper, $14.80, New York, Springer-Verlag, 1979.John Hamer laments, "The increasing demands on the medical curriculum make it difficult to find a place for electrocardiography," while at the same time, urgent demands for prompt interpretation of ECGs in the emergency room and in the intensive care unit now require greater understanding among all physicians as well as among nurses and paramedical personnel. Electrocardiographic specialists cannot be made immediately available 24 hours a day in all the critical situations where emergency interpretation is essential. Growing malpractice litigation adds additional demands for at least superficial training, because a revised interpretation of an ECG by a specialist is not likely to arrive in time to correct a faulty therapeutic program resulting from faulty initial interpretation. To satisfy