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August 1965

Clinical Electrocardiograms.

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Edited by Stephen R. Elek, MD, FCCP, FACP. Price, $11.75. Pp 236, with 86 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1965.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(2):311. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870020151035

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A reading of this book aroused in me many of the same sensations created by reviewing an album of old family photographs. Tn the latter, some photos recall pleasant memories or significant associations and offer opportunity for silent musing, while others depict scenes of insignificant detail or poor quality which are hurriedly passed over and forgotten. The electrocardiograms published in this collection are representative of both types.

The volume contains 80 electrocardiograms submitted by various physicians. Each tracing is accompanied by a brief clinical history and necropsy findings when available. The interpretation is discussed and editorial comment follows. The tracings are grouped rather loosely under general headings of which arrhythmias, heart block, myocardial infarction, hypertrophy, and electrolyte disturbance are a few.

Most of the electrocardiograms have been selected for their application to difficulties with interpretation and are uniquely different from the average tracing. Examples of some of the arrhythmia patterns

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