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February 1970

Atlas of Pulse Tracings and Phonocardiograms.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(2):366-367. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310020172039

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The expressed purpose of this atlas of pulse tracings and phonocardiograms is "familiarizing those who are not well acquainted with these valuable adjuncts to the physical, and it provides a set of tracings of didactic value for those involved in teaching or learning the physical signs of heart disease." The author is successful in attaining this goal. It is not exhaustive nor thorough and will serve best as a supplement to more wordy but frequently less well-illustrated texts on the same material.

One hundred and twenty reproductions of actual three-channel tracings are provided, displaying simultaneously recorded phonocardiograms, pulse pressure contours, and electrocardiograms in various combinations. The tracings themselves are of uniformly good quality, and one particularly refreshing attribute is that they are not retouched or stylized multicolored diagrams. They are authentic representatives of what one can record at the bedside or in the catheterization laboratory. The illustrations are labeled clearly

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