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A History of Electrocardiography.

A History of Electrocardiography. With a new introduction by Joel D. Howell, M.D., Ph.D.
George E. Burch, M.D., And
Nicolas P. DePasquale, M.D.

Since its original publication in 1964, this outstanding book has become the essential and definitive history of electrocardiography. The authors trace the history of electrocardiology from Galvani’s discovery in 1787 of electromotive activity in living tissue, to the earliest instruments used to measure electromotive forces in the heart, to the actual invention of the electrocardiograph by Einthoven in 1903. From Einthoven’s pioneering work the authors follow the progress and refinement of this fundamental instrument all the way up to the time of writing. The 175 illustrations include photographs of the machines and portraits of the inventors along with the electrocardiographs generated by the historic instruments at all stages of their development. The 40-page introduction discusses and illustrates new developments in electrocardiography since the original edition was published.

40, 309pp. 8, 175 illus. 5 1/2" × 8 1/2". Cloth, dust jacket, acid-free paper. Chronologic summary, bibliography. ISBN 0-930405-21-8. NP14346.

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About the Authors

George E. Burch joined the Tulane medical faculty in 1942, advancing rapidly to become Henderson Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine in 1947. Before his death in 1986, Burch published over 840 papers and 12 books on cardiac diseases. Active as a consultant for many organizations, he was honored by the American Heart Association with the James B. Herrick Award in 1977. He received the Distinguished Fellowship Award from the American College of Cardiology in 1984.

Nicholas P. DePasquale was resident, fellow, and then faculty member at Tulane medical school from 1957 to 1966. Since 1966, he has been Chief of the Cardiovascular Service at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York. He is the author of 6 books and over 160 papers, many in collaboration with Dr. Burch.

Joel D. Howell received his MD from the University of Chicago in 1979 and his PhD in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. Now a faculty member in the departments of internal medicine, history, and health services management and policy at the University of Michigan, he has written widely in the history of medical technology.


“The book is as much of a joy to read today as it was when it came out…heartily recommend[ed]…to physicians and medical historians.”

—From Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 38, 1 (Autumn 1994), pp. 139–141

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