This volume presents a well organized collection of information on all types of paroxysmal tachycardia and other disturbances of the cardiac rhythm. An extensive study of the subject has been carried on in Soviet Russia for the past ten or fifteen years, and this work points out the importance of a knowledge of disturbances of the cardiac rhythm and its relation to cardiovascular disease.
A short historical review is followed by chapters on pathologic anatomy, experimental data, etiology, pathology and clinical symptoms. Following this the different forms of graphic representation are described, including sphygmograms, phlebograms and electrocardiograms. The author then mentions the clinical and the physical signs by which the different tachycardias may be suspected. He deals with paroxysmal fibrillation and flutter and other arrhythmias that occur in transitory stages. There is a chapter on terminology. About a quarter of the book is devoted to clinical course, progress and treatment.