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Rapid Interpretation of EKG's, Sixth Edition [Paperback]

Dale Dubin
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October 15, 2000 0912912065 978-0912912066 6
Vividly illustrated in color, this text presents a simplified and interactive format for rapid comprehension. Emphasizes understanding rather than memorizing. Previous edition: c1996. For students. Softcover.

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  • Series: Rapid Interpretation of EKG's
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Cover Publishing Company; 6 edition (October 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912912065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912912066
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (443 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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166 of 168 people found the following review helpful
By Reader
This is a wonderful book for nursing or medical students, or anyone who needs to learn EKGs/ECGs. I'm a physician and read EKGs every day and I've never seen another text that was able to teach me the necessary concepts so painlessly. Yes, it *IS* written as if the reader is a third grader and I'm sure that offends some people who have spent their life in school or who want to make people believe that EKG reading is some magical art. Personally I enjoy being taken by the hand and shown everything like it was the first time I'd seen it. I think the teaching method presented here is quit effective for the average Joe or Josephine. Reading EKGs is not magic and this book shows you that anyone *can* really do it. I would strongly encourage anyone who has had trouble grasping the concept of EKGs to pick this book up, and that includes physicians, nurses, students, EMTs, medical technicians, respiratory therapists, heck, ANYONE who wants to learn to read EKGs! I give it my highest recommendation.
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120 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best December 29, 2000
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I've worked in SICU for almost 15 years. I like surgical patients because when they "go down," it's usually pretty clear why. Frankly CCU type patients always trouble me. Like most ICU nurses I can pick out your basic abnormal beats and rhythms, but when it comes to a "designer" strip, I head next door to MICU where the "whiz kids" of the EKG monitor hang out! One of the best books I've ever come across for learning almost everything you could possibly want to know about an EKG--either the monitor or the 12-lead--is this book. It's been around at least since the 70s, when I first came across it, and it's still around. Take it from me, there's a good reason for it too. Every few years, I try to review the book again to refresh my memory on "everything you ever wanted to know about EKGs and then some," and I always enjoy the experience. I come away with a sense that I've truely gain something. The book is designed on a programed learning format--an old method perhaps, but in my opinion, still the best one--so you learn a small incriment of information, are asked a question about it and then given the answer immediately thereafter. It really sticks in the memory well, and when reviewing even up to 5 years later, I find I can get through the book rapidly even with the topics I don't regularly use. The book also containes some useful "cards" which can be reproduced and carried conveniently in ones pocket. I still have a set I had laminated for me years ago. Very definately a book worth buying, one worth keeping, and one worth reviewing from time to time.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better in full color!! November 14, 2003
By Mikel
Over the last 30 years of my medical career, I have read just about every book published on EKG interpretation. As a full-time educator, I appreciate simplicity, especially when it is totally practical. Of all the texts I've seen, Dubin's "Rapid Interpretation of EKGs" is simply the best. He explains intricate concepts with simplistic beauty, using a unique programmed learning style and original figures. The new color 6th Edition adds many completely new diagrams, making learning even easier. It also features new sections on the autonomic nervous system, more detailed information on dysrhythmias, and a nifty set of "Quick Reference Sheets," of course, in full color! If you don't learn "all there is to know" about EKGs from this book, you will never really understand them the rest of your career... Mikel A. Rothenberg, M.D., Emergency Care Educator, Medicolegal Consultant, Professor of Emergency Medical Services -- American College of Prehospital Medicine.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "How to Beat Everybody in EKG" January 2, 2005
I read this book in my third year in medical school. When I first started, I was skeptical because it looked too simple. After finishing the book and attending my rotation, I realized the value of this book. I was able to rapidly read any EKG with no problem. Some of my classmates thought that I had attended a special class!! I have compared t to many other books, this is the best one because of its simple approach and the way that it teaches you. You will never forget how to read an EKG.
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72 of 87 people found the following review helpful
Dr. Dubin's classic manual has become the most popular EKG text among members of the medical profession. Dr. Dubin's book takes a lot of the stress out of the formidable task of learning EKGs through his lighthearted and systematic lesson-based approach. This book covers the basics of EKGs, and provides helpful lessons on rate, rhythm, and basic arrythmias.
As helpful as this book is, however, this text is incomplete. The section on axis determination is not fully instructive, and the text does not offer enough clinical scenarios, as well as it omits a fair number of common abnormalities seen on EKG.
Thaler's text, titled The Only EKG Book You'll Ever Need is a more instructive and comprehensive text, and--in the humble opinion of this doctor--is a superior text for those looking to develop a functional understanding of EKGs.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The teaching methodology used is just amazing December 12, 2005
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The most important reason I bought Dr. Dubin's Rapid Interpretation of EKG's was because I knew nothing about EKG's, and I wanted to learn not the basics, but the most important aspects of EKG. I am an EMT-Basic, but I often work on EMS with EMT-Paramedic level fellows, so my contact with EKG and patients with heart disease is very common.

Looking for the wide variety of EKG books available, I realized that I needed a book that could not only teach the topics I really needed, but that would do it in such an easy way that an EKG newbie like me could end up understanding complex things as myocardial infarction and heart axis.

Dr. Dubin uses a very interesting methodology for teaching. Each page of this book has a highly detailed practical illustration, and the rest of the page is composed of 3 o 4 parragraphs where, using the most practical language available, he explains the concepts related to the illustration. It is impressive how Dr. Dubin manages to explain complicated things so easily by using the detailed illustrations and the correct language.

What's more, Dr. Dubin focuses on making the reader understand why an EKG tracing looks the way it does, and does not rely on memorization of the morphology of waves to justify a diagnose. This is critically important, because once you see an EKG tracing, you clearly understand the details of the pathology showed and that gives you a precise idea of what's happening inside that patient's heart and what treatment can help the patient's outcome.

If you want to introduct yourself into EKG's, then this is the book you need. But don't misunderstand, this book is not basic, it really deals with complex topics too; the thing is that they seem so easy...

This book has really helped me perform better on my job in the pre-hospital setting, and I'm really grateful about that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great teaching book
Published 3 days ago by Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book!
This is the best book for EKG interpretation I've read. It breaks things down to a simple level to understand EVERYTHING you need to know about EKG :)
Published 9 days ago by amazing product reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars An advanced EKG review text written for novices
I bought this book awhile ago as a second year medical student and read it during my cardiology block where it was cool but somewhat over my head. Read more
Published 15 days ago by SSodhi
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic text for the beginner
Used this during my training and purchased it for an employee going to nursing school. Makes ECG reading easy and is an excellent book to start out with.
Published 23 days ago by CardioDoc
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Wonderful book. Surprisingly easy to read. Really helped me to brush up on reading EKGs. I would strongly recommend it.
Published 28 days ago by Ingrid Elaine Burrowes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
good book for beginner's who are interested in learning how to read EKG's/ECG's. Very well written and great guidance. Buy it.
Published 1 month ago by Thanh Khong
5.0 out of 5 stars Best EKG book!
This book is amazing. It is so helpful for walking you through learning how to read an EKG. It was VITAL to learning EKGs. I would highly recommend this product.
Published 1 month ago by Alison
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
A GREAT basic way to learn how to read and interpret EKGs. Dubin's writing is well broken up with brief comic relief that makes extended reading bearable.
Published 1 month ago by datallguy6ft
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifetime Bible for EKG
Well written, great illustrations, Easy to understand and very complete. If you could only get one book for EKG, this would be the one to have.
Published 1 month ago by Susan Meyer
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