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June 2, 1993

Cardiac Electrophysiology and Arrhythmias

JAMA. 1993;269(21):2800. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500210100044

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The editors of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Arrhythmias have set out to present a comprehensive update of the entire field of electrocardiology. They have enlisted 67 experts who have contributed 33 chapters divided among six sections: Mechanisms, Experimental Arrhythmias, Clinical Arrhythmias, Diagnostic Procedures, Pharmacologic Treatment, and Nonpharmacologic Treatment.

The editors have written or coauthored chapters on "Wide QRS Tachycardia" (Fisch) and "Automaticity," "Dispersion of Refractoriness," and "Antiarrhythmic Drugs" (Surawicz). Their experience and authority are evident.

It is common for large multiauthored works to suffer from heterogeneity of style and varying quality of illustrations, but in this case the editors have effectively avoided these pitfalls. One suspects that there was a welcome degree of editorial interaction with the contributors in order to achieve the good results seen in this book. All of the chapters are easy to read and comprehend. The pervading style is simple and clear with a tolerable degree of