Mosby’s Pocket Guide Series. Mary Boudreau Conover. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby; 2004. 337 pages; $26.95.

This pocket sized reference is composed of 31 chapters—each devoted to a different aspect of electrocardiography (ECG). Each chapter is relatively short and packed with easy-to-use reference information and illustrations. As with previous books by Conover, this volume provides the appropriate level of information for the target audience.

Electrocardiography begins with the basics of monitoring and 12-lead ECG placement; then proceeds through the normal cardiac electrical information and mechanisms of arrhythmias. The classic information of ECG analysis is addressed, that is, systematic evaluation of waveforms and determination of axis.

The arrhythmia sections are devoted to single topics such as atrial fibrillation and flutter and continue on to ventricular ectopy. Topics of interest to anyone evaluating ECG rhythms are included, such as aberration versus ectopy, drug- and electrolyte-induced changes, and specific changes that can be expected...

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