A System of Vectorcardiographic Interpretation.

By: WITHAM, Abner Calhoun (1921-2000).

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26 cm. xii, 472 pp. Illus., appendix, atlas, index; fore-edges and endpapers lightly foxed. Green cloth. Very good. Scarce. ISBN: 0815193408 "Although the frank vectorcardiographic lead system is used in most laboratories, the author nonetheless espouses and describes his extensive experience with another lead system reported by Helm. The latter system has no compensating resistor networks simplifying electrical maintenance and employs large sponge electrodes which circumvent problems with lead placement. However, very little applied research has been done using Helm's lead system. Since normal values are lacking, the author attempts to fill this void by reporting his own data based on a population of approximately 400 "normal patients…" Review excerpt by Raymond J. Pietras, from Ann Intern Med. 1975; 83(3): p.437. "Cal Witham was born on April 28, 1921 in Atlanta and died at home in Aiken, S. C. of metastatic carcinoma of the prostate on May 14, 2000 shortly after having guests in to celebrate his birthday on April 28. He became a member of the ACCA in 1962 and in 1978-1979 served as a Vice President of the association. He had many friends in the ACCA and in Aiken where he lived with his wife, Betty, since 1968. He was a remarkable man, known and treasured not only by medical colleagues but by virtually everybody in his neighborhood and many in his community. He was remarkable for his anecdotes, his often self-deprecating sense of humor and a general refusal to speak ill of anyone, no matter how much criticism might be justified. This essential charity extended even to Deans and Administrators. He was also remarkably energetic. He had been through several phases of avidity for exercise with golf, lawn tennis, and fishing with children. When in his 70s, after his children had grown up and moved out of the house, he took up the arcane game of court tennis (one of the ten courts in the United States is in Aiken). He won several high handicap tournaments in the late 1990s and in 1998 was identified as the oldest active court tennis player in the United States. After his death, the Aiken Tennis Club established the Calhoun Witham trophy for singles play by players with handicaps 30 and over. Cal spent his life and his professional career, except for years spent abroad, in the South, seeing no reason in his words, to live in a less felicitous environment. Both sides of his family came from Atlanta and will be characterized by me as Southern Aristocracy, although Cal would never describe it that way. He attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, graduated from Emory University in 1942 and from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1945 as a member of the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP). He interned at the Emory-Grady Hospital Program in 1945-1946 and served as a Captain in the Army Medical Corp. in 1946-1947. While completing his Army assignment at the VA Medical Facility in Augusta, Georgia, he worked with Dr. Bill Hamilton in the Department of Physiology at the Medical College of Georgia, receiving part of the credit for developing the dye dilution method of determining cardiac output. He also pioneered understanding of paroxysmal hypertension in paraplegics. After completing residency at Emory in 1950, he spent two years at the British Post Graduate Medical School at the University of London studying cardiology. He returned to the Department of Physiology at the Medical College of Georgia (Dr. Hamilton again) and shortly thereafter joined the Department of Medicine. He organized the Section of Cardiology and was its Chief from 1957-1978. He retired as Professor of Medicine in 1985. He served a sabbatical year as an adjunct professor at the University of Capetown South Africa in 1969-1970. He was one of the founding members of the Association of University Cardiologists and served as its President in 1983-1984. He published extensively on vector cardiography and echocardiography. Cal leaves his wife, Betty Witham, and extended family, A. Calhoun Witham, Jr., Laura Susan Witham, Elizabeth DuPont Darden, Constance Darden-Young and Colgate Whitehead Darden IV. Shortly before his death he completed the manuscript of an autobiography, Uncle Billy and His Kin which was published by his family late last year. ACCA friends should contact Betty Witham if they are interested in obtaining one of the remaining volumes. I join many others in stating that I will miss Cal as a colleague, raconteur and friend. Indeed, I don't think I ever knew anyone whom so many have counted as a friend." - Memorial by Edwin Bransome, Jr. from Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc, v.112; 2001 (PMC2194390). [E. Ray Borun]

Title: A System of Vectorcardiographic Interpretation.

Author Name: WITHAM, Abner Calhoun (1921-2000).

Categories: Cardiology,

Publisher: Chicago:, Year Book Medical, (1975).: 1975

ISBN Number: 0815193408

ISBN Number 13: 9780815193401

lbs: 3.00 lbs

Seller ID: M12747

Keywords: Cardiology