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October 1971

Rapid Interpretation of EKG's.

Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(4):653. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310220161051

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As an introduction to electrocardiography, this paperbacked "programmed" course will probably appeal most to paramedical and coronary care unit personnel. The approach is elemental and overly simplistic; the serious student will desire more depth and detail. There is minimal written text, the major portion of the book being comprised of large half tone, predominantly schematic illustrations, supplemented by brief legends and "fill-in-the-blank," programmed statements.

Simplification results in taking considerable liberty with fundamental electrophysiologic concepts and in the incorporation of errors. These include the derivation of the augmented limb leads, the genesis of Q waves in infarction and bundle block, and incorrect identification of 4:1 AV block as 3:1, to mention a few. To most physicians desiring an introduction to electrocardiography, this book will prove far too elemental and cannot be recommended. It may serve some advantage in instructing nursing and monitoring personnel, although many better texts are available which

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