The title of this book does not do the work full justice. While the author deals adequately with cardiac arrhythmias, their diagnosis and treatment, he prefaces this with a discussion of the heart beat from the physiologic standpoint.
He deals well with the fundamentals of electrocardiography, including unipolar chest and limb leads, and other methods of registration, including heart sounds. This is something that other writers in this field might well imitate. He does not consider seriously electrocardiographic studies of conditions other than arrhythmias. But this is not his intention.
The discussion of arrhythmias covers well known forms and some less common ones such as the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and ventricular fibrillation. Included, of course, are the blocks, both auriculoventricular and bundle branch blocks. There is also a short discussion of the use of esophageal leads.
Illustrations and diagrams, particularly those dealing with physiologic aspects and the tracings obtained by means