Authors: Jean-J. Goy, Jean-C. Stauffer, Jürg Schlaepfer, Pierre Christeler

Electrocardiography (ECG)

Personal Book: US $49 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $143
Printed Copy: US $119
Library Book: US $196
ISBN: 978-1-60805-616-3
eISBN: 978-1-60805-479-4 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2013
DOI: 10.2174/97816080547941130101

Introduction

This e-book starts with a comprehensive overview of the basic principles in Electrocardiography (ECG) with just enough depth to lift the reader above the crowd when it comes to understanding the physics behind ECG. Subsequent chapters provide an approach to the analysis of the ECG. The most important followed by sections with insight into conduction abnormalities, arrhythmia, and myocardial ischemia. The e-book has a straightforward layout, a very clear format, and abundant ECG tracings for interested readers. The diagnostic algorithms provided in the volume prove to be very useful in daily medical practice. Overall, the e-book will help novice physicians, students and fellows to improve their knowledge in ECG interpretation.

Electrocardiography (ECG) is, therefore, a very attractive book for all levels of physicians and health-care professionals interested in ECG and it is a welcome addition to the medical literature.

Preface

Historial Willelm Eindhoven in Leiden was the first to record an electrocardiogramm (Figure below) in 1903. The subject would immerse each of their limbs into containers of salt solutions from which the ECG was recorded. He assigned the letters P, Q, R, S and T to the various deflections, naming of the waves in the ECG and described the electrocardiographic features of a number of cardiovascular disorders. In 1924, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery.

Though the basic principles of that era are still in use today, there have been many advances in electrocardiography over the years. The instrumentation, for example, has evolved from a cumbersome laboratory apparatus to compact electronic systems that often include computerized interpretation of the electrocardiogram.

With the need to stay as didactic as possible in mind, this eBook covers all aspects of electrocardiography in a detailed and clear fashion. The eBook is aimed at the student who is starting out in electrocardiography, as well as the general practitioner who wishes to improve his or her knowledge and the specialist to use as an aide mémoire.

A large collection of ECG traces allows all readers to practise their ECG interpretation skills and test their level of competence.

Jean-Jacques Goy
Cantonal Hospital
Switzerlarland

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