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Principles of Clinical Electrocardiography

David L. Abrams, MD
JAMA. 1983;249(12):1642. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330360076044.
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Dr Goldman's first edition of Principles of Clinical Electrocardiography was useful to me as a medical student because it was an understandable yet comprehensive introduction to an intimidating diagnostic technique. As a cardiovascular fellow, I found the second edition of value because it also provided an extensive overview of the subject. With this favorable prejudice, I am particularly pleased to review the 11th edition of his book.

The author begins with a brief review of basic electrophysiology of the heart as it relates to the genesis of the ECG. He goes on to describe the normal ECG, its variations, and the major abnormalities of contour and rhythm in a clear, logical, and concise manner. Through sequential diagrams in this well-illustrated book, the author coordinates the electrical events of the heart with the inscription of the various segments of the ECG complex. One chapter illustrates the elements of spatial vectorcardiography, and


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