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November 1973

Practical Electrocardiography, ed 5.

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Kansas City, Mo

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(5):773. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650110105025

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My first impression on scanning this book is one of distinct pleasure. Marriott is an entertaining writer and adds a fillip to the teaching of electrocardiography.

If one began at the beginning and stayed with this book all the way through, he undoubtedly would have a good introduction to electrocardiography. I noted that this is the fifth edition, and therefore I compared it against the fourth edition. The latter was written in 1968, and therefore I checked to see how much the bibliography has had added to it since 1968. Out of the total of 399 references, there are only 40 since 1968 and 19 of these are in two chapters alone. One wonders if the entire book needs to be rewritten or if the chapters on monitoring of arrhythmias and hemiblocks are the real justifications for the new edition.

I realize that books must be reprinted in order to

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