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A Concise History of the ECG

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1895 - 1949
'''1929''' Sydney doctor Mark Lidwill, physician, and Edgar Booth, physicist, report the electrical resuscitation of the heart to a meeting in Sydney. Their portable device uses an electrode on the skin and a transthoracic catheter. Edgar Booth's design could deliver a variable voltage and rate and was employed to deliver 16 volts to the ventricles of a stillborn infant.
[[image:White_stamp.jpggif|thumb|150px|left|Dr. Paul Dudley White]]'''1930''' Wolff, Parkinson and White report an electrocardiographic syndrome of short PR interval, wide QRS and paroxysmal tachycardias. Wolff L, Parkinson J, White PD. Bundle branch block with short P-R interval in healthy young people prone to paroxysmal tachycardia. Am Heart J 1930;5:685. Later, when other published case reports were examined for evidence of pre-excitation, examples of 'Wolff Parkinson White' syndrome were identified which had not been recognised as a clinical entity at the time. The earliest example was published by Hoffmann in 1909. Von Knorre GH. The earliest published electrocardiogram showing ventricular preexcitation. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2005 Mar;28(3):228-30
'''1930''' Sanders first describes infarction of the right ventricle. <cite>Sanders</cite>

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