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Views & Reviews Medical Classics

The ECG Made Easy

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 29 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3070
  1. David Warriner, core medical trainee year 1 (diabetes), Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
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    A true medical classic should be novel, stimulate thought and discussion, transcend both specialty and experience, and most importantly be moreish. This pocket sized hero, the epitome of the medical classic, explains the “three Rs” of the electrocardiogram—rate, rhythm, and right (or left) cardiac axis—in plain English and with elegant diagrams. Hampton encourages the reader to consider this most complex of patterns as “amenable to reason.” After first reading it in my fourth year at medical school during my cardiology attachment, I began to make sense of …

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