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HRS 40th anniversary viewpoints: Fifty years of clinical cardiac arrhythmology–Reflections from a Dutchman on an exciting journey

      My interest in cardiology started in the United States. After finishing my medical studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, I went in 1960 for a rotating internship to Mercy Hospital in Baltimore. There I met Dr Marriott, one of the attending cardiologists, who always invited the interns to attend his reading of electrocardiograms (ECGs). Soon, I was fascinated by the way he analyzed and explained the tracings, emphasizing the simplicities rather than the complexities of the tracing and discussing all important ECG patterns known at that time.

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