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Advances in Pacemaker Technology

Howard A. Frank, MD
Arch Surg. 1977;112(2):228. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370020122018.
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This volume records the proceedings of an International Symposium on Advances in Pacemaker Technology held at Erlangen, Germany, in September 1974. The individual presentations are grouped under headings that include the principles of electrical stimulation of the heart, technical and clinical experiences with cardiac pacing and with the monitoring of pacing systems, theoretical and practical aspects of cardiac electrodes, longevity considerations in power sources, and clinical experience with long-life pacemakers. The 34 contributors are nearly half from the United States and half from Germany, with three or four from Hungary and the USSR.

The strength of the symposium lies in its rather successful effort to present the physiological and the engineering problems and experiences in juxtaposition, not in summary, but mainly as primary data, with useful lists of references independently presented by each author. The papers are sophisticated and in the technical language of the two areas, with a fair


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