Rapid Interpretation of EKG's

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Rapid Interpretation of EKG's is a best-selling textbook for over 30 years[1] that teaches the basics of interpreting electrocardiograms. It adopts a simplistic fill-in-the-blank style[2] and is suited for medical students and junior residents.[1] The book was written by Dale Dubin, M.D., a plastic surgeon and convicted felon,[3] who has written several books on cardiology including Ion Adventure in the Heartland: Exploring the Heart's Ionic-Molecular Microcosm[4] and Understanding Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation.[5]

The large yellow book was originally published in 1972; the sixth and most recent edition was published in 2000. In the fiftieth printing, the author hid within the copyright notice an offer to give his prized 1965 Ford Thunderbird (which was featured in several photographs in the book) to anyone who actually read the message and responded. Out of 60,000 copies in that printing, only 5 readers noticed and responded, and Dubin's own daughter delivered the car to the winner, a Yale medical student, as selected by a random drawing.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b Sullivan, Patrick (2001). "Book Review: Rapid Interpretation of EKG's, 6th edition". Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. 48: 1050. doi:10.1007/bf03016605. 
  2. ^ Dubin, Dale (2000). Rapid Interpretation of EKG's (6th ed.). Tampa, FL: Cover Publishing. ISBN 0-912912-06-5. 
  3. ^ "Fine print redux: beneficent doctor made child pornos". Yale Daily News. Associated Press. 7 December 2001. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Dubin, Dale (2003). Ion Adventure in the Heartland: Exploring the Heart's Ionic-Molecular Microcosm. Cover Publishing Company. ISBN 9780912912110. 
  5. ^ Dubin, Dale (1972). Understanding Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation. C.P.R. Inc. 
  6. ^ Massad, Caroline (December 5, 2001). "Read the fine print: Student wins T-bird". Yale Daily News. 
  7. ^ D'Arcy, Janice (December 2001). "Yale puts distance on car contest". Hartford Courant. 

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