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June 1959

Medical Electrical Equipment.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(6):1016. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270060168043

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So widespread is the use of electrical and electronic equipment in a modern hospital that there are few clinical or research departments which can function effectively during a power failure. The publishers of this work declare their intention to provide "authoritative information on the principles, operation, care and routine maintenance of medical electrical apparatus in terms which do not pre-suppose a deep knowledge of electricity." That such an ambitious undertaking must be judged a failure is disappointing but not surprising.

The book is a collection of essays by twenty-one British workers in the electromedical field. Of these contributors, nineteen are affiliated with commercial companies which manufacture electrical apparatus or instruments. While they have, in the main, made a conscientious effort to avoid "plugging" their own products, only a few of the chapters can make a legitimate claim to generality. Perhaps the main objection to this book is that nearly all

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