Foreword by Masood Akhtar, MD. Milwaukee, USA
'Professor Berndt Lüderitz has made a chivalrous effort to acknowledge many, if not most contributions to the literature of cardiac electrophysiology. Most prior medical/ historical communications have given minimal attention to the area of cardiac arrhythmia, and in this regard, the book serves a unique purpose in addressing the discipline of cardiac electrophysiology. Its alphabetical approach, bibliography subjects, and name indices are very valuable. Specific contributions are mentioned under the author’s biography.
Clearly, many aspects of the history of a developing field represent moving targets, especially as related to the dynamic, explosive field of cardiac electrophysiology, and there is a lot happening as one uncovers past and present events. Nonetheless, cardiac electrophysiology today is a fairly well-defined discipline because of the creativity, dedication and hard work of the folks covered in this text. Digging up the classic contributions from often obscure sources also makes this book a must-read for those who want to get the facts straight. A subtle humor is noted at times and makes interesting reading.
This book will be a source to all students of electrophysiology including the current generation and the readers will find a variety of aspects covered. I congratulate Professor Lüderitz, who dedicated a lot of time and effort to bring this together. We should all take advantage of this resource.'