- 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 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (931 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you are reading this review you already know that this is the gold standard of ECG texts for many reasons. I won't rehash what many other talented reviewers have written, so if you want details on the content of the book check out some of the other reviews. You may or may not know that the content of this excellent book is updated with each printing to ensure clinical relevancy.
I am writing this review to address one question that I was unable to find an answer to prior to purchasing: will buying this book get you the most current revision of the most current edition (6th)? The answer appears to be yes. I purchased this book new from Amazon directly and received a copy from the December 2016 printing of the 6th Edition (current edition). As far as I know this is the most recent printing. I'm sure the changes are small but it's nice to know you are getting what you pay for when buying new. Photos attached.
I hope this is helpful. As you can see it appears to go through 2-3 printings per year so we are probably due for a new version soon. Whether it will make a different is anyone's guess, I just wanted to make sure my copy would reflect the major 2015 AHA updates and it appears that this does.
Got this because my 3rd edition was wearing out. This book is perfect, especially for giving to those who are interested in rapid EKG interpretation but find the subject a bit intimidating. The book's presentation of material is friendly and goes down easily. Really takes the "I wish I knew more but ..." out of the equation. My older edition has a happy new home now.
Its kind of fun to see the changes between this and my older edition - not a lot of changes to basics, but nice to be updated. Example: Purkenje fibers originate where? Oh. Thought they were strictly last stop. The overall layout is more polished as well.
I'm re-reading it now as a 4th year going into Emergency Medicine and this book has proven its worth. I've been handed EKGs to review frequently and I find I can read them systematically just fine from my old reading of this book but even more so now I can actually look at an EKG identify a junctional vs. an atrial premature beat and really read and remember the physiology as I look at an EKG.
It's written simplistically- it's a quite easy read but the words simple as they are teach advanced concepts that require you to re-read the page sometimes. It's definitely a book I'm going to re-read a couple of times to ensure I have my skills down pat before I go onto other sources (like EKG-Maven- a fantastic online resource recommended by many of the EM physicians who've taught me).
So buy this if you're looking for a solid foundation and are willing to put in the time and effort to learn to read an EKG, and are okay with learning as simplistically as possible. (Personally I used to wonder what people would think seeing a med student reading a large font, cartoonish, "easy" looking book. I stopped worrying about that a while ago. Now I go for the easiest resource to learn from).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just bit heavy to carry around.