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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sammy Khatib, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a study guide which facilitates the interpretation of ECGs with a particular emphasis on preparing for the cardiology board examinations. The book is structured to simulate test exams, with ECGs and a clinical scenario given. Subsequently, there is a summation of the abnormalities of the ECG, followed by a short explanation. There is also a listing of the answers that one would be expected to give on the board certification examinations.
Purpose: The purpose is to "provide physicians with a clinically relevant approach to the interpretation of electrocardiograms." The objectives include helping the reader recognize common and uncommon ECG diagnoses, learn the principles of interpreting cardiac arrhythmias, identify areas of weakness, and correlate ECG data with clinically relevant information. The book is successful in facilitating the recognition of common and uncommon ECG patterns, as well as helping the reader identify weaknesses which need to be improved. It is also moderately successful in correlating ECG data with clinically relevant information.
Audience: The book is designed for any physician interpreting ECGs. The author is a credible authority on this subject, as evidenced by the quality of the work.
Features: The main strength of this book is its format, which is designed to assist the reader in preparing for the cardiology boards. It allows for as close a simulation of the examination as possible. The ECGs used are relevant and run the spectrum from the basic with minimal abnormalities to complex. I was very happy to see an index that allows one to look at particular ECGs with certain abnormalities. This feature is lacking in other books using a similar format.
Assessment: This will be a valuable addition to the medical library of any physician involved in interpreting ECGs. The book would be more useful than others when preparing for the cardiology board examinations, and I would recommend it over other books for this purpose in particular.