This monograph was designed to bring together experts in all phases of cardiac pacemaking, from historical interest to bioengineering. It succeeds quite well in its stated purpose. Numerous well-known authors including James, DeSanstus, and Samet give in-depth discussions of their particular vantage point of cardiac pacing. In general, this well-written book reads easily and rapidly.
Among the highlights for me were the chapters on the historical aspects of cardiac pacing, the anatomy and pathology of the conduction system by Massing and James, and Segel and Samet's excellent chapter on the physiologic aspect of cardiac pacing. The physiology chapter describes the hemodynamics of various pathological states of the conduction system and the effect of cardiac pacing on these abnormalities. I consider this chapter a "must" for anyone who is contemplating the decision-making process of pacemaker implantation.
Other highlights of the book are chapters dealing with pacemakers and their arrhythmias and the