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This reviewer has long been intrigued by the variety of presentations offered by the many textbooks of electrocardiography. The standardization of the technique itself does not extend to the texts themselves, each of which is quite distinctive—Grant's vector analysis, Burch and Winsor's skillful diagrams, etc. Marriott's book obeys this rule. He has developed his own style, which emphasizes simplicity and practical application. It is designed for those who want to know what the electrocardiogram can contribute to the care of the patient, and not for those interested in membrane potentials. The book is now in its third edition, the first having been published in 1954, which in itself indicates how well it has filled a need.
The organization of the book is sound, and the illustrations are good. The pace is slow and one can almost hear the author talking as one reads. The publisher has cooperated by designing the
Stokes J. Practical Electrocardiography. Arch Intern Med. 1963;111(2):269–270. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03620260129028
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