Marriott’s Practical Electrocardiography 13 Edition


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Barney Marriott created Practical Electrocardiography in 1954 and
nurtured it through eight editions. After assisting him with the 8th edition,
Galen S. Wagner enthusiastically accepted the challenge of writing
subsequent editions up through the 12th edition. For the 12th edition, David
G. Strauss joined Galen as coauthor, adding digital content in the form of
animated figures and videos, and multiple chapters were added or
significantly enhanced. With the passing of Galen S.

Wagner in 2016, David G. Strauss took on the torch to create the 13th edition, 
combining with Douglas D. Schocken to coauthor the new edition.
Doug had been a friend, mentee, and colleague of both Barney Marriott and Galen S. Wagner. One of the strengths of Marriott’s Practical Electrocardiography through its
more than 65-year history has been its lucid foundation for understanding the
basis for electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation. Again, in this revision, we
have attempted to retain the best of the Marriott tradition—emphasis on the
concepts required for everyday ECG interpretation and the simplicities, rather
than complexities, of the ECG recordings. In addition, quizzes have returned
to the book as a learning tool that are available online.
The current edition underwent a major restructuring. With the exception of
Section I (Basic Concepts) that remained in the same order, subsequent
sections and chapters were reorganized. Section II covers chamber
enlargement and conduction abnormalities with updates to both. Section III
covers ischemia and infarction with advanced content contained in an online-
only supplement. Section IV covers drugs, electrolytes, and miscellaneous
conditions with a substantially updated chapter on drug effects and a
completely new chapter on adult congenital heart disease.
Sections I through IV are authored by combinations of David G. Strauss, Tobin 
H. Lim, and Douglas D. Schocken, with additional contributors to the chapters on
interpretation of the ECG in 3D (Charles W. Olson, E. Harvey Estes Jr,
Vivian P. Kamphuis, and Esben Andreas Carlson), chamber enlargement
(Ljuba Bacharova), electrolytes and drugs (Robbert Zusterzeel and Jose
Vicente Ruiz), and adult congenital heart disease (Sarah A. Goldstein and
Richard Krasuski).
Section V on Abnormal Rhythms has undergone a complete reorganization
with substantial updates and revisions by multiple members of the Duke
Cardiology Division, Electrophysiology Section led by James Daubert. The
chapters on ventricular preexcitation and inherited arrhythmia disorders had
previously appeared earlier in the book but now appear in this section along
with other core chapters on abnormal rhythms. This section of the book had
last undergone a major update in the 9th edition of the book in 1994. With the
acceleration of interventional electrophysiology over the past decades, we
have learned so much more about abnormal rhythms. This section of the book
now aims to leverage that knowledge to better understand and teach
interpretation of the body-surface ECG, while maintaining simplicities, as
championed by Barney Marriott and Galen S.
Wagner. For this major revision of the section on arrhythmias, James Daubert did an outstanding job of recruiting contributors, shepherding them, and editing their work. He
deserves a special note of appreciation. Thank you to all of the Duke
Electrophysiology contributors: Zak Loring, James P. Daubert, Fredrik
Holmqvist, Aimée Elise Hiltbold, Kevin P. Jackson, Jonathan P. Piccini,
Tristram D. Bahnson, Albert Sun, Jason Koontz, Larry R. Jackson II, Camille
Frazier-Mills, Francis Ugowe, Donald Hegland, Steve Gaeta, John Symmons,
Brett D. Atwater, and Dan Friedman. We thank the Wolters Kluwer teams for all of their support throughout the process to include ambitious updates to this edition; this includes Julie Kostelnik (Editorial Coordinator), Ashley Fischer (Senior Development
Editor), Sharon Zinner (Executive Editor), Alicia Jackson (Senior Production
Project Manager), and Don Famularcano (Project Manager, Absolute Service,Inc.).
Our goal for the 13th edition is to continue to preserve the spirit of Barney
Marriott and Galen S. Wagner to teach electrocardiography through a
fundamental understanding of why the waveforms and rhythms appear as
they do rather than just memorizing patterns. David has written a new tribute
to Galen S. Wagner that follows this preface, and the foreword written by
Douglas from the 12th edition to honor Barney Marriott comes next.
We hope you enjoy the book!


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