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August 1974


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USA Washington, DC


By Alberto Benchimol, MD. Price, $18.50. Pp 223. Williams & Wilkins Co., 428 E Preston, Baltimore, MD 21202, 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(2):390. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320200200036

Benchimol has written a much needed, short, easily understood text on vectorcardiography that should be useful to both cardiologists and internists. There is an introductory chapter on lead systems, a topic that confused and inhibited the widespread use of vectorcardiography for many years. The chapter is kept purposefully brief and simple. Benchimol, like most other vectorcardiographic experts, has chosen to use the Frank lead system, and nearly all illustrations in the book are taken using this system.

After a concise, well-written chapter on the normal electrical events of atria and ventricles and characteristics of the normal vector loop in three planes, there are clearly written chapters on atrial and ventricular enlargement, conduction defects (including hemiblock), preexcitation problems, and, of course, myocardial infarction.

Whenever possible, each topic begins with a short description of how the abnormality effects the vector loop in each plane. This is followed by a list of vectorcardiographic

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