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December 1972

Diagnostic Electrocardiography and Vectocardiography.

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Washington, DC

Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(6):970-971. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650060154032

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Textbooks in medicine suffer from the fact that information is accumulating so rapidly that by the time of publication, the newest theories and treatments have already been superseded by even newer ones. The physician interested in the "latest thinking" on a subject, therefore, frequently turns to the latest review in the journal literature. This objection is less applicable to textbooks of electrocardiography where a comprehensive, organized, step-by-step review of the subject is necessary for the novice to learn the practical skill of electrocardiographic interpretation.

Friedman has reworked and expanded his Outline of Electrocardiography into a practical textbook of electrocardiography which presents the subject from the vectorial approach, first discussing the standard 12-lead ECG and then relating this to the vectorcardiogram. The text, in a well-organized manner, goes through basic electrocardiographic theory in several chapters and then discusses the classic abnormalities recorded by the ECG. A short discussion of the theoretical

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