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The Only EKG Book You'll Ever Need (Thaler, Only EKG Book You'll Ever Need) [Paperback]

Malcolm S. Thaler
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August 19, 2009 1605471402 978-1605471402 Sixth

Now in its Sixth Edition, this popular, practical text presents all the information clinicians need to use the EKG in everyday practice and interpret hypertrophy and enlargement, arrhythmias, conduction blocks, pre-excitation syndromes, and myocardial infarction. It is an ideal reference for medical students in ICM courses, house officers, or anyone directly involved in patient care, whether student, teacher, or practitioner. The book includes more than 200 facsimiles of EKG strips and numerous clinical cases. This edition features new and updated clinical cases, more clinically oriented discussions of EKG findings, and expanded coverage of important topics such as the long QT syndrome and sudden cardiac death.

A companion Website will include the fully searchable text, an image bank, an interactive question bank, and an EKG image with explanation test bank.

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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)

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: 0.5 x 7.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Comparison of EKG books August 31, 2009
By F. Rob
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! February 24, 2007
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, for the first two chapters 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended by med students & residents August 18, 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific November 5, 2007
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!! July 31, 2011
By nurse
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I've been a nurse for some years, always worked with tele patients. I've never taken a 12-lead EKG class. Another RN had a different EKG book she was reading, I went ahead & read the 1st chapter. I thought that author made it fun. The only thing was it was one of those fill in the blank books, which i found myself trying harder to figure out the right word than understanding the concept. I'm pretty glad I purchased this one. I think this author is very matter-of-fact, again making the concepts easy, & I like his case studies. Before I started reading EKGs, they were just a bunch of squiggly lines, and after reading the book, they were still a bunch of squiggly lines, but I felt more educated. I'm reading it a second time, so that I can see why the lines between hypertrophies & MIs are different, which are making me say,"oh yeah, i get it." I'm also reading the 12-leads from my patients charts (before I read what the machine says), and getting most of them :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointed in book
This book does not seem to be formatted in an organized manner. Extremely disappointed in book. No workbook available to help reinforce material. Not recommended.
Published 5 days ago by Javier Reyes
4.0 out of 5 stars easy explanations
If you want and easy book on EKG this is an easy read, with good explanations on the basics, preferred to Dubins (not only by me but by a few cardiology professors I have worked... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr.kari
5.0 out of 5 stars .
I always select a book in good conditions or better and this one met my expectations. Thank you I am very happy with my purchase.
Published 4 months ago by Joan Crane
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy
The book is used as stated in the aforementioned but in stable and in fair reading condition. I'm pleased with what I was promised.
Published 7 months ago by Tiffany
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely understandable
This book is written in a style that makes a complex subject readily understandable. The section on understanding the cardiac axis is excellent and presents the subject in a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by A.E.L.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had this book 20 years ago. Can I give SIX stars?
When I went to medical school 20+ years ago learning EKG's was pretty simple: start with Dubin for the basics, then on to Marriott for everything you need to know. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. K. Holbrook
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best EKG book
Bought both this and Dubin's. This beats Dubin's hands down. Talks much more about which leads to look at for the different conditions, does a better job of walking you through the... Read more
Published on May 11, 2012 by A. Jabroni
5.0 out of 5 stars timely arrival
I miss my Prime membership but my book arrived in new condition within a week. I prefer the explanations and format vs. Dubin (fill in the blank). Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by Cecilia S. Kye
5.0 out of 5 stars It is the only one
I highly recommend this book as a very readable, easy to access book for medical students or residents (or attendings). It is not my first EKG book but it will be my last.
Published on January 3, 2012 by b.d. man
5.0 out of 5 stars Best EKG book for dummies!
Great book for people who are puzzled by EKGs... It takes you in a coherent, logical, short, simplified form from the very basics to the understanding of more complex patterns on... Read more
Published on December 1, 2011 by G. I. Rodriguez
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