Sixth Edition, Rapid Interpretation of EKG's

By Dale Dubin

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dean carras
This book was very simple...so simple it almost made me feel simple. At first I thought that was a good thing, but the more I read the less useful it became. I would suggest this maybe more if you were teaching yourself...but for classes where a lecture of some sort is supplementing learning, this book is definitely way too easy.
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fred wang
I ordered this book for the cardiology portion of my medical school Physiology course and found it really helpful. It takes you step by step through EKG's and teaches you how to read them and discover heart abnormalities. I would definitely recommend it.
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nazneen hossain
As a hospital pharmacist, I've always wanted to learn the basics of reading EKGs without having to dig through massive textbooks. I initially checked out 3 or so books from the hospital library but this one really provided everything that I wanted. It's step by step explanations and progressive introduction to more advanced patterns made reading EKGs simple. I enjoyed the book so much that after I returned it to the library, I went and purchased it off of the store so that I can explore the later chapters at my own pace.
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apoph1s
Outstanding book. Very glad I bought it. It is written in very simple language while still providing a very detailed and accurate description to the point that I was able to pick out errors in the AHA course on reading EKGs. It even explains things like EKG vs. ECG, which I like. The only problem I foresee is that I will now know more than my nursing instructors, meaning I will have to keep my mouth shut when they teach things incorrectly.
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brian jorgensen
As a critical care RN I had not read EKGs everyday for several years, only occasionaly. I then became a stress test nurse and needed to refresh my skills and knowledge. This was the best resource and incredibly easy to understand. We had a copy of this book at the hospital I worked at in the late 80's
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yasmine selim
very good book that has been around sense the 70s. very different setup in that there are pictures on every page to help with visual learners. it is a very different format that i found very helpful in supplementing class reading. also useful tool for review down the line. you will love it.
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katie
Just had to order a new copy as my previous one is so old. This text is indispensible. Picking EKGs apart to analuxe is a snap. Step by step review too. It's all there! I have used it for over 20 years!
Kim
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soren sondergaard
Reading EKG was like learning Greek. I purchased several books on the subject. I found Dubin's book to be the best. He simplifies a complex subject. His style and presentation is perfect for the beginner. If you need a good book on how to read EKG this is the one you want, you'll get the biggest bang for your buck.
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nancy kackley
I have several ECG books, but this one is the best. I have others with more practice strips, but none with Dubin's skill at teaching. This easy to read guide is heavily illustrated and quite succinct. It's the "classic" ECG book for a reason :-)
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giovanna
The book is very helpful and provides a step-by-step approach to those looking to advance their knowledge of cardiac disease and treatment. Durbin's approach to teaching in the book is great. It requires interaction from the reader that helps with the memorization of key points.
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mridu rai
EKGs can be tough to interpret and this book is a great help!! It breaks up each piece of the EKG wave and explains what it is and how it fits in to the whole. It is easy to understand and well written. The sections are short and not "over-explained".
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myra rose
This is a great book for anyone in the medical field that needs a quick, easy yet extremely informative read about EKG's. The pictures that go along with all of the text allows you to truly understand what you are reading. Recommend to everyone!
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jeannette
This book is amazing! It was hard to get used to his format at first (pictures on every page & Fill in the blanks on every line), but it helped me to retain the information and understand all the concepts every well.
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christopher brasington
As a second year medical student, I have little need to read EKG's except during written exams. This book was the difference between missing a few of the more difficult questions and getting all the EKG questions correct. It takes about 3 hours to read quickly, and is absolutely worth it. Highly recommended!
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salma
I wish I read this book before I took my college EKG class. This book explained all I needed to know in simple terms. This book was very helpful to me. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about EKG.
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frank butcher
This book is a great resource for a medical student. Dubin's use of repetition and great explanations really helped me in my course work. Also, the book is well organized so you can use the chapters and pages you need for quick reference without having to do much searching and fishing.
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vina
The book is okay, large LARGE font like a kindergarten sized, also sheets are extremely heavy (take into account if you want to resell, the package weight will be more than you may want to pay for shipping). Heard some fishy things about the author but that bogus gossip aside, I guesss the material is well written. Just would have liked to know it was cardboard-like before purchasing so I may have tried to get an electronic version instead
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bryan young
I wish I read this book before I took my college EKG class. This book explained all I needed to know in simple terms. This book was very helpful to me. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about EKG.
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jennie k
This book is a great resource for a medical student. Dubin's use of repetition and great explanations really helped me in my course work. Also, the book is well organized so you can use the chapters and pages you need for quick reference without having to do much searching and fishing.
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nada elsayed
The book is okay, large LARGE font like a kindergarten sized, also sheets are extremely heavy (take into account if you want to resell, the package weight will be more than you may want to pay for shipping). Heard some fishy things about the author but that bogus gossip aside, I guesss the material is well written. Just would have liked to know it was cardboard-like before purchasing so I may have tried to get an electronic version instead
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anhtuan
This book is terribly unorganized. It jumps from rhythm to rhythm without clearly describing what is going on. And to make matters worse, my book arrived with about 14 pages missing in the middle of it. The pages were not torn out so it looks like someone failed in the final editing process. Don't buy this book!
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miriam wakerly
This volume 6 is NOT for the beginner EGK interpreter, Horrible and has toooooo much information that is just plain confusing, I am a monitor Tech for 35 years and if I had to learn from this book, I would never be able too, Not enough Practice strips !!!!
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chris turek
Good EKG review book, even though Duban writes as if a 5 yr old is reading his book, somehow, stuff sticks. Good visuals and repetitive reminders help readers remember what was read. Good book for interns and residents
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kathy juveli hauck
This book is indirectly teaching me my entire cardiac section for Nursing school. Amazing book. Dumbs it down in question format so you can cover the side of the page and test yourself as you're reaching. Its obvious the author has experience teaching students.
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anna cordova
I highly recommend this book to any medical professional involved in emergency medicine who deals with cardiac care of patients. Its learning process is goof proof. As a medical professional of 25 plus years, I have never had so much enjoyment learning as Dr. Dale Dubin has provided in his book, "Rapid Interpretation of EKG's" I would give it 7 stars out of 5 !!

Denny Knutson, ER Nurse

Bond Health Center / Bellin Health Emergency Department

Oconto, Wisconsin
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doug hansen
This book is advertised as an introduction to EKG, in fact as the title states for "rapid interpretation". The pace is slow and the information presented in piecemeal fashion.For any student, the presentation of information is tedious and is difficult to absorbed quickly. In an effort to dissect the information, a good overall picture is not apparent. and difficult to learn. In addition, poor examples of 12-lead EKG are few in number and poor in quality. The title of the book is deceiving because any book purporting to teach rapid interpretation needs to start with the 12-lead format. The book is a hefty 368 pages including an index and could easily be condensed for better assimilation. I cannot recommend this book to learn "rapid interpretation" of EKG's. One also bears in mind that this volume is at its 6th edition and clearly needs to be modernized and streamlined.
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nick marsden
I love this book! I was able to grasp concepts that evaded me before. At first I was turned off by the simplicity, but it's method-based and highly effective. Very helpful with preparing for ACLS and a new position on the cardiac critical care unit.
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jessica west
The book is super easy to read and explains things really well! The pictures help clear up any confusion, and everything is repeated to make sure you actually understand and remember what is happening.
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ummehani pardiwala
The content itself is okay so far. The problem I am having with this book is its quality. I bought the book a couple of months ago and never opened it. Today I took it to clinical to read during lunch and breaks. The spine is loose, pages are falling out!
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killian
One of only a few books i have purchased (and actually read) in medical school. very simple, not hard to follow. and it seems like its taught me everything i need to know in order to answer EKG questions on the comlex and USMLE (at least from the practice questions I've done)
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alexi
this is a good book if you want to understand the rhythms, has good illustration of the heart that match the ekg strips however there are no practice strips so if you need practice strips this is not the book its only good to give you an understanding but has no practice strips.
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maggie
Ok, I'd heard about this book but I absolutely did not believe all the hype. I'm glad I gave Dublin a chance. This book is INCREDIBLE. It does start off slow and simple, which is a little frustrating at first, but if you pay attention it leads to a foundation of knowledge you can use to fully comprehend the science of an accurate EKG interpretation. Any nurse, physician, PA, NP, or paramedic who cares about continuing education should snatch this book up.
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denisse
The best I can do is read this book a middle-of-the-road review. The concepts and it are solid, but the wording is overly basic. The way the book is structured appears very user-friendly in the beginning, but as you read you realize that the concepts presented are at a very rudimentary level, and were not adequate for medical education. I did have to replace this book with one of more detail, but I did come back to this one a few times because the number of rhythm strips is fairly expansive.

Overall, if you're looking for a book to introduce EKGs and have very little background in cardiovascular physiology, this may be the book for you. But, as I am in medical school, even in the introductory cardio physiology courses, this book is far too basic.
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geoffrey gelb
This book is a classic, and it will get you through the basics...the good doctor himself apparently has a checkered past you may want to investigate before sending him money...I was fortunate enough to have a very skilled ER doc teach me how to read EKG's through lecture (I'm a PA student) and the ECG in 10 Days book by Ferry...I can't imagine trying to learn this stuff without some feedback from someone who actually does it for a living.
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robert pierce
I have heard people swear up and down by this book and even learned the basics of EKGs from it myself. Medical professional schools have this book on the required book list and I think everyone needs to have full disclosure on its author before you purchase this book and give him funding in any way shape or form because I am ashamed that I did. If you research Dale Dublin you will find out he is a plastic surgeon from Florida who had his medical license taken away and served jail time. He allegedly filmed his patients changing and was in possession of child pornography amoung other awful charges. Do your own research, but I wish I had known this before I purchased the book.
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misery cordia
The book is good for beginners learning EKGs. However, sometimes it was just too basic for more experienced practitioners. The pictures in the book almost seemed too "child-like" and probably could have been done a little more professionally.
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kevin dawe
This book is very easy to understand; however, I do not enjoy the writing style. The author speaks to the reader in an elementary fashion. Also, I would normally not support an author who went to jail for molesting a minor but I found this out after I purchased the book.
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susanna
The book is ok. I gave it 2 stars because it is missing pages 121-136. Haven't checked every single page so it may be missing more pages. Very frustrating to be referred to images on pages that are missing.
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katie jacobs
Step by step ECG interpretation instructions were easy to follow and the pictures through out the book and charts at the end really helped. It covers everything that a non-cardiac specialist would need to know about ECGs.
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nikki demmers
I am replacing a borrowed book that I never got back. I loved the simplicity of this teaching method. I would recommend this book to anyone in the medical field who wants to understand rhythm strips better.
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nilson
The best I can do is read this book a middle-of-the-road review. The concepts and it are solid, but the wording is overly basic. The way the book is structured appears very user-friendly in the beginning, but as you read you realize that the concepts presented are at a very rudimentary level, and were not adequate for medical education. I did have to replace this book with one of more detail, but I did come back to this one a few times because the number of rhythm strips is fairly expansive.

Overall, if you're looking for a book to introduce EKGs and have very little background in cardiovascular physiology, this may be the book for you. But, as I am in medical school, even in the introductory cardio physiology courses, this book is far too basic.
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deb kellogg
This book is a classic, and it will get you through the basics...the good doctor himself apparently has a checkered past you may want to investigate before sending him money...I was fortunate enough to have a very skilled ER doc teach me how to read EKG's through lecture (I'm a PA student) and the ECG in 10 Days book by Ferry...I can't imagine trying to learn this stuff without some feedback from someone who actually does it for a living.
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blair
I have heard people swear up and down by this book and even learned the basics of EKGs from it myself. Medical professional schools have this book on the required book list and I think everyone needs to have full disclosure on its author before you purchase this book and give him funding in any way shape or form because I am ashamed that I did. If you research Dale Dublin you will find out he is a plastic surgeon from Florida who had his medical license taken away and served jail time. He allegedly filmed his patients changing and was in possession of child pornography amoung other awful charges. Do your own research, but I wish I had known this before I purchased the book.
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karen healey
The book is good for beginners learning EKGs. However, sometimes it was just too basic for more experienced practitioners. The pictures in the book almost seemed too "child-like" and probably could have been done a little more professionally.
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chaitanya
This book is very easy to understand; however, I do not enjoy the writing style. The author speaks to the reader in an elementary fashion. Also, I would normally not support an author who went to jail for molesting a minor but I found this out after I purchased the book.
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jodim
The book is ok. I gave it 2 stars because it is missing pages 121-136. Haven't checked every single page so it may be missing more pages. Very frustrating to be referred to images on pages that are missing.
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sarah kramer
Step by step ECG interpretation instructions were easy to follow and the pictures through out the book and charts at the end really helped. It covers everything that a non-cardiac specialist would need to know about ECGs.
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beth cavanaugh
I am replacing a borrowed book that I never got back. I loved the simplicity of this teaching method. I would recommend this book to anyone in the medical field who wants to understand rhythm strips better.
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sasha pravdic
Really regret purchasing this book. Not only was it not helpful in the least, but what Dubin did was incredibly awful. I plan on returning the book since I refuse to endorse or pay for a product made by a pedophile.
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laynerussell
Whether you are a Medical Student, Intern, Resident, Fellow or Attending Physician; whether you are a nurse, critical care nurse, ER nurse or Paramedic, this book is a must. Anybody providing patient care in any critical care setting should own the famous Dale Dubin Rapid Interpretation of EKG's. I still have my original from 1988 and just purchased this for my son.
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liz johnson
I'm a 3rd year medical student. EKG's were never a particularly strong point, nor a particularly weak point, for me. I have an upcoming cardio rotation and figured I ought to brush up on it. Got this book quite a ways back and just opened it up the other day. This book is simply amazing. It explains everything in such easy to understand language, unlike many medical texts which seem to throw as much jargon as they can at you. I feel like I could hand this to a person with no medical knowledge and after a week, they could read an EKG pretty damn accurately. Although it's 300+ pages solely on EKGs, every page is about 1/3 filled with an illustration, and the type is large and spaced out. Aka, its a very quick read. Def doable in a single day if you really wanted to do it.

In summary, BUY THIS BOOK if you're in the medical field and not already a cardiologist. The simplicity and speed of teaching with this book is unmatched.
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sherill
I have read this book several times and each time I get something new out of it. It is easy to read. Each page takes you less than a minute to read on average and some pages only take a few seconds. It is a step-by-step process that builds from one concept to the next. It asks you simple questions that help you retain what you are learning and uses everyday concepts such as comparing how to look at a car at different angles to how we use the lead placements in EKGs to interpret what angle/ axis of the heart we are looking at on the strip.

The author makes everything so friendly and relaxed. I don't think anyone could write a better book about how to interpret EKGs. I highly recommend this book to anyone in the medical field who deals with EKGs.
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