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From The CriticsReviewer: Nicholas N Hanna, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is the seventh edition of a handbook that summarizes the interpretation of electrocardiograms. The author, Dr. Malcolm Thaler, has authored and edited several best-selling medical books and online resources.
Purpose: The purpose is to review EKG interpretation, with a particular focus on integrating interpretation in a clinical context.
Audience: This book does not assume any formal training in cardiology, and is suitable for students, allied health personnel, physicians in training, internists, and cardiologists.
Features: The chapters are organized by distinct cardiovascular disease processes, including chamber size, arrhythmias, conduction disturbances, and myocardial infarction. Each chapter uses frequent summaries to highlight important concepts, including step-wise approaches to ensure accurate EKG interpretation. The final chapters present unique disease-specific findings, as well as new example cases. This edition includes updated full-color models, illustrations, and tracings to enhance readers' understanding. Included with this handbook is a searchable online companion site and interactive question bank.
Assessment: This is a popular and practical handbook for those who wish a thorough understanding of EKG interpretation, especially for everyday clinical practice. It effectively summarizes basic concepts and helps to incorporate those concepts into accurate EKG interpretation. The main strength of this book is the author's ability to simplify complex concepts and the use of high-quality illustrations to teach readers how to systematically translate the EKG interpretation to aid in clinical decision making.