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The Only EKG Book You'll Ever Need (Thaler, Only EKG Book You'll Ever Need) Paperback – August 19, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1605471402 ISBN-10: 1605471402 Edition: Sixth

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Product Details

  • Series: Thaler, Only EKG Book You'll Ever Need
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; Sixth edition (August 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605471402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605471402
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doody's Book Review Service, 11-JAN-10, Vishal A. Vyas, MD, Ochsner Clinic Foundation -- "This is a valuable resource for those new to field of electrocardiography. The book provides readers with a logical approach to EKG interpretation and is complemented well by tasteful humor, numerous illustrations, sample cases, and a full-featured online companion. This EKG primer succeeds where countless others have failed. Potentially intimidating information is presented in a manner that is both painless to read and easy to comprehend."-Doody's Book Review Service (Weighted Numerical Score: 94, 4 Stars)

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It really is the only EKG book one will ever need.
TIU
I am a paramedic and love this book only because it helped with school and still has some good information for reference.
S. Elrasoul
The book is written in an easy to understand way that clarifies often complicated topics.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By F. Rob on August 31, 2009
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I purchased both Dubin's & Thaler's books. At my school we were strongly recommended first year to read the Dubin book. And although I liked the pictures, I felt that Dubin's style was not conducive to my longterm retention and actual learning. Thaler's book is a quick read, and moreover, after rising to second year, I felt that the information was more detailed than that of Dubin's book. However, I do have some points of contention with the Thaler book. I felt that the some of the topics that were important (hypertrophy, bundle branch block) were a little difficult to find. My recommendation would be that while Dubin may suffice for first year exposure to EKGs, Thaler's book is better for actually learning them. Also, this may be my personal bias, but I did not feel like looking at the fill-in-the-blanks in Dubin's book for a second or third time in order to review for reading EKGs. My absolute honest opinion would be to have a copy of both. Buy Dubin's Rapid EKGs if you are a visual learner, and buy Thaler's book for a quick reference. I hope this helps!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Meadow Lark on February 24, 2007
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I totally loved this book. It is fantastic for really learning and understanding ekg's. I looked at Dubin's book, but felt it was sort of insulting to the reader. I didn't like his 'see Dick and Jane' sort of format. Also, drawing pictures and writing your own comments? I am not five years old.

This book is gentle and easy and I really understood the physiology of how ekg's work. The understanding of why they work is crucial to being able to interpret them. I picked up the ability to intuit where and what was going on by knowing the electrophysiology. Wonderful! Now I feel confident when presented with a new ekg, I can work through the steps and then put the picture together.

What a terrifc book!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By recent MD on May 30, 2010
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I was moderately pleased with the first two chapters of this book. Then, beginning with chapter 3 on arrhythmias, none but one of the many EKG tracings were labeled with the lead they were made with, and subsequent chapters have almost no labeling as well. This makes understanding the theory involved almost impossible, particularly since many tracings bear no resemblance to those of the normal heart (for an example, see p. 111). Though possibly an editorial oversight, the online version has not been amended. In addition, the definitions of the various waves given in the first chapter is inconsistent with terminology used in later chapters, and some important concepts are not defined at all. The book is full of nonsequiturs, forward references, and unexplained phenomena which seem important. Though comprehensive in scope for a book of its size, those seeking understanding rather than rote memorization of EKG patterns in order to pass some USMLE exam would do well to look elsewhere.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Oleander on August 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm a 4th year medical student. I was totally confused about EKGs until I found this book. A resident gave me this book, and it is AWESOME!!! It makes sense! It explains how the tracing relates to the anatomy in a simple, straightforward way you won't forget. You won't have to do the stupid thumb trick to figure out axis anymore--you'll actually understand how the heart works and be able to reason through it. I read about half of the book in one evening. You will definitely not regret buying this book--when you get pimped on EKGs, you'll be able to make an informed assessment of anything they throw at you. We supposedly have a well-known EKG teacher at my med school, but his books are haphazard compared to this. BUY IT.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shubhamvada Mathur on November 5, 2007
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I've tried Dale Dubin on three different occasions and always gave up midway. This book is easy to read, keeps up your interest, doesn't clog you with unnecessary information, has a good summary at the end of every chapter, good clinical examples are provided and the best part is that it is quite funny. I actually laughed out aloud where he says wolff-parkinson-white and lown-ganong-levine aren't the names of lawfirms!
I managed to finish it in two weeks and it is refreshing to come across an ekg book that doesn't make you want to take extended break times!
Only thing is I wish the author had used more arrows to point out the specific abnormalities and that the last section of practice EKGS was a little more comprehensive.
But I think it is a good resource for residents and students. And I would pick it over Dale Dubin anyday.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Venk Bellamkonda on August 19, 2009
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I got this book my intern year and found it a great way to be able to interpret the overwhelming majority of ECGs I saw in the ED. I do think the title overstates things, as advanced ECG diagnoses such as Wellen's Syndrome, Bifascicular blocks etc require further reading, but this is an excellent start. Its very easy to read and will take you about 7 to 10 days to finish and remember.

I was amazed how many people who haven't read a basic ECG text start to finish have tremendous gaps in their knowledge of the fundamentals. I too had large gaps, which this book filled in. If you buy it, don't be fooled because it's written in simple english as opposed to some other texts which are written with dense sentence structure by thinking that its an inferior book.

With this said, no single book has everything you'll ever need for anything, so don't be mislead.
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