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Principles of Cardiac Arrhythmias.

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Third edition. By Chung Edward K.. . 809 pages. Williams & Wilkins; , Baltimore: , 1983.. $75.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(2):288. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-99-2-288_1
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Reviewing a textbook of conventional electrocardiography (ECG) has become a nostalgic experience. It recalls time spent in the heart station, coffee and calipers in hand, with one's full powers of deductive reasoning aimed at elucidating cardiac events from necessarily indirect surface ECG recordings. When this technique was the "state of the art," a great deal of clinical significance accrued to such exercises; it is no criticism to point out that, presently, more direct and accurate approaches to the study of serious cardiac arrhythmias have become widely applicable.

The surface ECG remains the accepted introduction to electrical events in the heart


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