Charles Fisch and Suzanne B. Knoebel
407 pp. Armonk, NY: Futura Publishing Company; 2000. $49.00. ISBN 0-87993-446-8
This 18-chapter book by veteran teachers of electrocardiography is a must-have for physicians eager to have a more comprehensive understanding of the electrocardiography of cardiac arrhythmias. A brief preface reviews important aspects of the cellular basis of the ECG, including automaticity, conduction, reentry, and triggered activity. The first 5 chapters are a basic review of sinoatrial rhythms, atrial arrhythmias, atrioventricular junctional rhythms (including a differential diagnosis of supraventricular tachycardias), ventricular rhythms (including a differential diagnosis of wide QRS tachycardias), and atrioventricular conduction abnormalities. There are multiple ECG figures with beautiful examples of all of these abnormalities. The first 149 pages are well organized and nicely review the electrocardiography of arrhythmias. For the aficionado, chapters 6 through 18 give a detailed overview, with complementing excellent examples of ECGs demonstrating more complex arrhythmic concepts, including concealed conduction, aberration, and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, to name a few. The book also delivers an additional 15 pages of ECG examples, including acceleration-dependent aberration, 2:1 sinoatrial exit block, Prinzmetal’s angina, and sinoatrial node reentrant tachycardia.
This is an outstanding book, with hundreds of figures of classic arrhythmia abnormalities. This book will be useful to all physicians interested in learning more about arrhythmias. As a teacher, I will use this book as a resource to teach my own ECG-arrhythmia classes.