In publishing this monograph the author had as his purpose the brief presentation of the meaning of the electrocardiogram in clinical practice in simple language suitable for the medical student and the general practitioner. In the opinion of the reviewer, the author fails in these purposes because the presentation is not simple, and he assumes that the reader for whom it is intended has a greater knowledge of electrocardiography than he presumably has.
The first section, which deals with the role of the electrocardiogram in diagnosis, the clinical circumstances indicating the need of recording the electrocardiogram, what is to be expected clinically from the electrocardiogram and the circumstances in which the electrocardiogram alone is diagnostic, falls short of the mark.
The second section deals with particular arrhythmias and electrocardiographic contours. The part on arrhythmias is fairly adequate, but the part dealing with the contour of the electrocardiogram is not acceptable