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February 1961

Electrocardiography: Principles and Practice

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(2):309. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620020159018

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This book is dedicated to "simplifying" electrocardiography by attempting to destroy most of the theory and practice of previous workers, especially Wilson. It consists mostly of short excerpts out of context from most of the popular works interspaced by harangues about the errors perpetrated therein. It is not clearly written or understandable, using a new vocabulary that deters communication altho it is accurate by the author's own definition. It is poorly balanced, expounding on rare conduction abnormalities for pages, yet treating the common and important situations tersely.

The most important function of the book is to point out the limitations of electrocardiographic theory and interpretation to overenthusiastic professional and "semipro" electrocardiographers. This is certainly a book of no value to the novice or to most internists.

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