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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer; 6 edition (Aug. 19 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605471402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605471402
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,427 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 13 2003
Format: Paperback
As a resident with many years of medical training behind me, I've used my share of ECG textbooks. The two best books for the beginner medical student/intern to use when learning the ECG are Thaler's book (this one) and Dubin's Rapid Interpretation. Both explain the EKG very well, but in my opinion the clarity and simplicity of the physiological and EKG explanations in Thaler's book are unsurpassed.
Despite being a rather slim volume, it is remarkably comprehensive. There is even a chapter towards the end on rare, non cardiac diseases with EKG manifestations. With due respect, the reviewer who said Thaler's book lacks sufficient information doesn't have a clue. Its really very complete, for everyone except Cardiologists and Cardiac fellows, who will definitely prefer Marriot's.
For everyone else, The Only Ekg Book You'll Ever Need is the only Ekg book you'll ever need.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian M. Benway on May 12 2003
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A colleague recommended this book to me after I lamented that Dubin's competing text was amusing and easy to understand, but didn't really foster any permanent functional understanding of EKGs. Like Dubin's text, Thaler's EKG Book takes a leisurely approach to deconstructing the EKG. However, Thaler's text is a much more functional guide, offering better explanations in a more comprehensive approach to interpreting EKGs. Thaler's text works not only because it is easy to understand, but also because it provides more clinical scenarios, and has a more complete discussion of a wide variety of abnormal EKGs. This book is far superior to Dubin's. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By very nice book on March 21 2011
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This book is very amazing and i really enjoy reading it.
i am an ESL however i really understand it. it is in simple language so if i understand i think everyone else should have no problem.
as for delivery came fast and i love it when they make it free of charge.
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111 of 116 people found the following review helpful
The title doesn't lie! May 12 2003
By Brian M. Benway - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A colleague recommended this book to me after I lamented that Dubin's competing text was amusing and easy to understand, but didn't really foster any permanent functional understanding of EKGs. Like Dubin's text, Thaler's EKG Book takes a leisurely approach to deconstructing the EKG. However, Thaler's text is a much more functional guide, offering better explanations in a more comprehensive approach to interpreting EKGs. Thaler's text works not only because it is easy to understand, but also because it provides more clinical scenarios, and has a more complete discussion of a wide variety of abnormal EKGs. This book is far superior to Dubin's. Highly recommended.
63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Far superior to Dubin's book Aug. 25 2005
By PT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For years, professors, clinical instructors, and residents told me all I ever needed to known to analyze EKGs was Dubin's book. Despite reading it over and over again, I still struggled when it came time to interpret EKGs during rounds. I realized this was because Dubin's book favors rote memorization over understanding. The fill in the blank, repetitive structure actually makes retaining information difficult because it doesn't really teach you anything. Thaler's book, on the other hand, successfully manages to remain informal while teaching the concepts behind EKG analysis. I bought this book on the recommendation of a fellow intern who was having the same difficulties. One read through and I felt that years were wasted struggling with Dubin. Don't waste time or money on Dubin's ridiculous approach. Thaler's book will actually teach you what you need to know.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Drop that Dull Dubin! Dec 13 2004
By Kristi Swede - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's well worth the time and expense to read this book in addition to the assigned Dubin. Thaler's text is clearly written, cleanly laid out, and easy to follow (no cutesy fill-in-the-blanks here). The publisher deserves a lot of credit for careful editing and an elegant, logical layout.

Thaler presents each topic in a concise paragraph or two, with lots of white space for notes. Criteria are given in straightworward lists, and are far easier to learn this way.

Dubin is an authority on EKG interpretation, but his plodding teaching style just didn't work for me. Both authors present reliable information in their EKG texts, but this is a perfect example of two books that use completely different teaching styles. I'm glad I found Thaler's direct, detailed, concise text to learn this essential skill.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
The Best EKG Book Around! April 28 2006
By DrNarcan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a medical student, and this is the best EKG book I've found for learing EKGs relevant for students. Probably all you need for med school exams are heart blocks and MIs, but this book has all the major stuff, bundle branch/fasicular/hemi -blocks, SVTs, etc. The best part about this book is that its NOT just pattern recognition like other EKG books. It tells you why a rhythm is narrow vs wide, what's actually going on in that re-entrant rhythm, why that block looks the way it does by relating it to what's actually going on with the current, which makes you remember it better. Basically, if you just want to memorize some shapes, go use Dubin. But if you want to understand why EKGs make the patterns they do for various pathologies, then you MUST buy this book.
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
A Comparison of EKG books Aug. 31 2009
By F. Rob - Published on Amazon.com
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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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