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Essentials of Electrocardiography for the Student and Practitioner of Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1937;54(4):962-963. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1937.01980040266016.
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This book fulfils well the claims of its title, in that it offers a practical, concise exposition of the essential facts of electrocardiography. The first chapters, which describe the mechanics of taking an electrocardiogram and the theoretical meaning of the resulting curve, are clearly presented without the use of confusing technical terminology. One section of the book is devoted to a discussion of the normal human electrocardiogram and is amplified by descriptions and illustrations of the commonest deviations from normal. The abnormalities commonly associated with rheumatic, syphilitic and arteriosclerotic types of cardiac disease are presented, and the value and the limitations of the electrocardiogram as a diagnostic factor in each of these diseases are discussed. The characteristic changes classically found in the conventional three leads of the electrocardiogram in coronary thrombosis, including the differentiation of anterior from posterior infarction, are well described and illustrated. The relative values of electrocardiographic findings


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