Bioelectricity pp 205-243 | Cite as

The Electrophysiology of the Heart

  • Robert Plonsey
  • Roger C. Barr


The major components of the electrical structure of the heart are the working muscle (cells) of the atria and ventricles, the specialized conduction tissue, and the pacemaker cells. The general anatomical structure is shown in Fig. 9.1.


Solid Angle Volume Conductor Electrode Separation Lead Field Body Surface Potential 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Plonsey
    • 1
  • Roger C. Barr
    • 1
  1. 1.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA

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