The ECG Made Easy 8th edition
The ECG Made Easy was first published in 1973, and well over half a million copies of the first seven editions have been sold. The book has been translated into German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese,
Polish, Czech, Indonesian, Japanese, Russian and Turkish, and into two Chinese languages. The aims
of this The ECG Made Easy 8th edition are the same as before: the book is not intended to be a comprehensive textbook of electrophysiology, nor even of ECG interpretation – it is designed as an introduction to the ECG for
medical students, technicians, nurses, and paramedics.
It may also provide useful revision for those who have forgotten what they learned as students. There is no need for the ECG to be daunting: just as most people drive a car without knowing much about engines, and gardeners do not need to be botanists, most people can make full use of the ECG without becoming submerged in its
complexities. The ECG Made Easy 8th edition book encourages the reader to accept that the ECG is easy to understand and that its use is just a natural extension of taking the patient’s history and performing a physical examination.
The ECG Made Easy 8th edition book has been a favorite of generations of medical students and nurses, and it
has changed a lot through progressive editions. This eighth edition differs from its predecessors in that
it has been divided into two parts. The first part, ‘The Basics’ explains the ECG in the simplest possible terms and can be read on its own. It focuses on the fundamentals of ECG recording, reporting, and interpretation, including the classical ECG abnormalities.
The second part, ‘Making the most of the ECG,’ has been expanded and divided into three chapters. It makes the point that an ECG is merely a tool for the diagnosis and treatment of patients, and so has to be interpreted in the light of the history and physical examination of the patient from whom it was recorded. The variations that might
be encountered in the situations in which the ECG is most commonly used are considered in separate chapters on healthy subjects (where there is a wide range of normality) and on patients presenting with chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations or syncope.
The ECG Made Easy 8th edition book is longer than the previous editions, but that does not mean that the ECG has become more difficult to understand.