A Critical Review of Basic Errors in the Fundamentals of Electrocardiography

Pomerance, Joseph B.
May 1980
Angiology;May1980, Vol. 31 Issue 5, p293
Academic Journal
The article presents a critical review of basic errors in the fundamentals of electrocardiography. Errors and misconceptions have been compounded and hidden by further fallacies until they make no sense to anyone with an inquisitive mind, although to the uninitiated they may sound plausible. In unipolar lead electrocardiography, in taking each lead, one electrode (pole) is placed on Einthoven's triangle, and a second electrode is placed at a junction of conductors called a central terminal; the potential difference between these two points is measured. Neither electrode can be considered indifferent by any stretch of the imagination, because just as many electrons flow into one electrode as out of the other.


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