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From The CriticsReviewer: Ronald Ray Schreiber, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This is a basic EKG text for medical students and nurses on how to interpret electrocardiograms.
Purpose: The purpose is to teach EKG reading to the novice utilizing a clear, logical, and easy to follow format. The author states he intends to make simple things simpler and complicated things concise and simple and quite simply he accomplishes this best.
Audience: This book is appropriate for medical students and cardiac care nurses.
Features: A summary concludes each chapter. A number of case studies are reviewed and are easy to follow and to understand. A unique aspect of this book is the clear and logical presentation of the author written in a fresh, enjoyable, and often humorous manner. This style makes learning EKGs interesting and enjoyable and not boring as is the problem with some texts. The only negative comment I have about this book is there is no glossary, which is necessary in a basic medical text.
Assessment: This is an excellent basic EKG book and one of the best I have ever read. It is enjoyable to read because of the fresh, humorous style of the author. The author is logical in his approach and presents basic, simple concepts initially while adding more complex criteria as the text progresses. Summaries conclude each chapter and a number of case studies are presented in addition to a chapter of review charts which, with repetition, reinforce diagnosis EKG criteria. Still, I am impressed with how thorough this book is in many areas and likewise am impressed with its accuracy, which makes it superior to most basic EKG books available today. I applaud the author for his work! I enjoyed this book and will recommend it to my medical students.