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From The CriticsReviewer:Marc N. Saad, B.S., M.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description:This review of 150 ECG problems is meant to be cross-referenced with the author's The ECG Made Easy, 7th edition (Elsevier, 2008) and/or The ECG in Practice, 5th edition (Elsevier, 2008). Each case includes a clinical history with the ECG and readers are asked to interpret the ECG and answer questions about the management of the patient.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide practice clinical scenarios in which ECG interpretation is useful in making a diagnosis and managing the patient's care. This is a worthy objective, as many books provide information on how to interpret ECGs, but do not give enough scenarios to practice what is learned.
Audience:The book is intended for a wide audience, with the difficulty of the ECGs ranging from simple to complex. The simple ECGs are standard and targeted at those starting their medical training, such as medical students. The complex ECGs are targeted at those specializing in the cardiac field.
Features:The 150 clinical scenarios cover a wide spectrum of cardiac disease processes. Each scenario requires the reader to interpret the ECG, make a diagnosis, and make decisions about the patient's management. The answer section to each case does well in listing the ECG findings, giving a clinical interpretation, and discussing the patient's management. The answer section also provides the page number and section relevant in The ECG Made Easy and The ECG in Practice.
Assessment:This is a good book for practicing interpreting ECGs and making clinical decisions based on the interpretation. It could be improved by listing specific ECG criteria to make certain interpretations. However, it does refer to the associated book where these criteria can be found. This new edition has better ECG examples, chest x-rays in appropriate cases, and a new format that allows readers to work through the book more easily.