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The Only EKG Book You'll Ever Need, 9th Edition
Clinical Editor: Malcolm Thaler MD
ISBN: 978-1-4963-7723-4

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  • I'm a resident in internal medicine, and in my line of work ekgs play a major role. I really need to know how to read and interpret ekgs. I read multiple resources including online articles but didn't find such an amazing book as this. This book is easy to read, easy to understand with its simplistic ways and diagrams. It'll make you want to learn ekgs. I advise this book to anyone wanting to learn ekgs regardless of which stage your at, it's good for medical students, doctors, and nurses.

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Specifications

  • Format: Paperback
  • Trim Size: 7 X 9
  • Pages: 384
  • Illustrations: 313
  • Tables: 100
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2018
  • Includes eBook

Clear and concise, The Only EKG Book You'll Ever Need has provided quick and accurate discussions on using an EKG to diagnose cardiac and non-cardiac conditions for nearly 30 years. This ninth edition is packed with full-color illustrations, real-world clinical scenarios, and step-by-step instructions—giving you the practical guidance you need to use an EKG in actual clinical settings with patients.

  • Outlines processes for identifying and interpreting arrhythmias, myocardial infarctions, hypertrophy, atrial fibrillation, and other disorders.
  • Features a lighthearted, lively writing style designed to be compelling and minimize confusion of principles discussed.
  • New content added to reflect recent clinical and technological advancements.
  • Depicts real-life clinical situations and provides important clinical context for EKG use.
  • Advises on the dangers of over-reliance on computer interpretations and includes many other practical considerations that other books leave out.
  • New EKG cases available in the companion eBook illustrate key concepts discussed throughout the book.

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  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Getting Started
  • Chapter 1 - The Basics
  • Chapter 2 - Hypertrophy and Enlargement of the Heart
  • Chapter 3 - Arrhythmias
  • Chapter 4 - Conduction Blocks
  • Chapter 5 - Preexcitation Syndromes
  • Chapter 6 - Myocardial Ischemia and Infarction
  • Chapter 7 - Finishing Touches
  • Chapter 8 - Putting It All Together
  • Chapter 9 - How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?
  • Index

The torrid pace of technologic and scientific evolution shows no signs of letting up, and clinical medicine is both its beneficiary and, conspicuously, its victim, too, as we seem to have less and less time to actually spend with our patients. It is therefore comforting to know that at least one old friend still stands tall—the EKG. Almost 30 years have passed since the first edition of this little book, and nothing has yet supplanted the EKG as the essential tool for diagnosing many cardiac disorders (and many noncardiac ones as well). Does your patient have chest pain?—get an EKG! Does your patient have palpitations?—get an EKG! Syncope or dizziness?—you get the point.

These three decades have not dimmed the principles outlined in the preface to the first edition: This book is about learning. It’s about keeping simple things simple, and complicated things clear, concise and, yes, simple, too. It’s about getting from here to there without scaring you to death, boring you to tears, or intimidating your socks off. It’s about turning ignorance into knowledge, knowledge into wisdom, and all with a bit of fun.

If I were writing this today, I would probably reword that business about the socks, but the sentiments remain and are, I hope, ones you share. New material has been added as new developments—and there have been many—have called for it, and everything is always discussed within its proper clinical context by putting you, the reader, right in the middle of real life situations. EKG’s are not used in isolation; they are just one piece—albeit an important piece—of the puzzle that every patient presents and that you and I have to figure out over and over again.

I want to offer a very special thanks to Dr. Adam Skolnick, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology, NYU Langone Medical Center, whose keen editorial eye, incisive analysis, and unsurpassed expertise are the best guarantee that you will be reading the most current, clear, and accurate text that anyone could hope for. And allow me to add a shout out to Dr. Jeffrey Lorin, Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU Medical Center, who graciously opened up his worldclass collection of EKG’s so that we all could benefit.

A special thank you as always to the wonderful folks at Wolters Kluwer—let me give a very personal standing ovation to Kristina Oberle and Rebecca Gaertner—who always produce a beautiful, polished, limpid book (and have the good sense to edit out words like limpid when words such as clear and readable are far more serviceable and, well, limpid). They make every edition a joy to work on.

For those of you picking up this book for the first time—as well as for those of you coming back for a return visit—I hope The Only EKG Book You Will Ever Need provides you with everything you need to start reading EKG’s quickly and accurately.

-  Malcolm S. Thaler, M.D

Malcolm enjoys being on the front lines of patient care, managing diagnostic and therapeutic challenges with a compassionate, integrative approach that stresses close doctor-patient collaboration. He is the author and chief editor of several best-selling medical textbooks and online resources, and has extensive expertise in managing a wide range of issues including the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and sports injuries.

 

Malcolm graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, received his MD from Duke University, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Harvard's New England Deaconess Hospital and Temple University Hospital. He joined One Medical from his national award-winning Internal Medicine practice in Pennsylvania and was an attending physician at The Bryn Mawr Hospital since 1986. He is certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Multiple resources including online articles but didn't find such an amazing book as this

By Karim Alsabek on January 10, 2017

Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

I'm a resident in internal medicine, and in my line of work ekgs play a major role. I really need to know how to read and interpret ekgs. I read multiple resources including online articles but didn't find such an amazing book as this. This book is easy to read, easy to understand with its simplistic ways and diagrams. It'll make you want to learn ekgs. I advise this book to anyone wanting to learn ekgs regardless of which stage your at, it's good for medical students, doctors, and nurses.

! multiple resources including online articles but didn't find such an amazing book as this

Great for medical school

By Ajith Susaion August 21, 2015

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I was a fourth year medical student at the time I read this book. It is fantastic. The first chapter sets you up with everything you need to know and the remainder of the book keeps coming back to those few basic concepts that makes it easy to understand in a way that forces you to grasp the electrophysiological events taking place in an EKG rather than just memorizing patterns and shapes. It is a quick read and will help a ton on clinical rotations or just to freshen up your EKG skills.

I had an instructor look at it and they were pretty impressed with the content and though it would be ...

By Amazon Customer on May 10, 2016

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I plan on using this during the summer to prep for my cardiac class in nursing school. I had an instructor look at it and they were pretty impressed with the content and though it would be a great resource.

This makes learning EKG interpretation easy and almost fun

By Laurenon April 7, 2016

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This makes learning EKG interpretation easy and almost fun. It is thorough and really gives a good explanation of what is going on within a rhythm strip. I just got a job as an RN in electrophysiology and learned a lot from this book about the arrythmias I need to know. GREAT purchase. If you are looking for an in depth explanation that is easy to understand, this is the book for you!!

The title is true!

By Amazon Customer on January 2, 2017

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This truly is the only EKG book you will ever need. In PA school I purchased and read many. This one demystifies EKG interpretation and teaches you exactly what you need to know. The author writes simply, and explains what you need to know perfectly.

Great Learning Tool

By Cardiology Manager on March 28, 2017

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I used to teach an ECG Technician course using this book. It includes all you need to know in a very simplistic visual format.We used this book and a stack of real Twelve Lead tracings and rhythm strips. The book supplies all the knowledge you need, the sudent just needs to put in the practice. Most of my students obtained placement in local Hospitals as ECG Techs or Telemetry Monitor Techs. That was during the second edition.... Now we're up to the eighth edition and I have managed Cardiac Cath Labs, EP Labs and now manage a busy Cardiology Practice. This is still my "Go To" when someone says they want to learn to read ECGs.

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