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February 1954

Introduction to the Interpretation of the Electrocardiogram: With Sixty-One Plates Illustrating the More Important Deviations from the Normal, Selected from the Files of the Michael Reese Hospital.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1954;93(2):309. doi:10.1001/archinte.1954.00240260145016

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In the preface the authors state that this paper-bound booklet should be particularly suitable for the physician whose specialty lies outside the field of cardiology and for the student who is beginning his studies in cardiac physiology. The book begins with a short discussion of the genesis of the electrocardiogram and the theoretical aspects of vectorcardiography. If the latter subject does not become completely clear to the reader in the few paragraphs devoted to it, at least he will not be completely confused.

The remainder of the small book describes briefly the technique of reading electrocardiograms and the procedures to be followed in interpreting them. A long series of illustrations of normal and abnormal electrocardiograms with the author's readings and explanations follows. The discussion of disturbances of location of impulse formations and abnormal rhythms is particularly useful. After that, the abnormal patterns suggesting specific etiology are very adequately discussed. The

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