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Medical Electronics

Rolf G. Rattay
JAMA. 1961;175(8):734. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040080090040.
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This well-written book surveys the use of electrical and electronic apparatus used in medical practice and research. It is adequately illustrated with drawings, photographs, and wiring diagrams and is written on a level suitable for electronic technicians and paramedical personnel. It is not a textbook on therapy. The first chapter describes the principles by which various recorders operate; the second discusses the recording of biological potentials, with particular emphasis on electrocardiograms and electroencephalograms. The third chapter deals with the way nonelectrical physiological phenomena (body temperature, heart sounds, and oxygen saturation of blood) are transduced into electrical signals for observation or recording. Chapter four covers radioactive isotopes and counters and their medical application. Chapter five discusses x-radiation and x-ray apparatus. The last three chapters deal with diathermy; electrodiagnosis, electrotherapy, and electrosurgery; and ultrasonics. The first few paragraphs of each chapter set the stage for the material being discussed, or give the


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