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A Concise History of the ECG

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[[image:Waller.jpg|thumb|150px|left|A.D. Waller with his famous bulldog Jimmy]]'''1887''' British physiologist Augustus D. Waller of St Mary's Medical School, London publishes the first human electrocardiogram. It is recorded with a capilliary electrometer from Thomas Goswell, a technician in the laboratory. <cite>Waller</cite>
'''1887''' McWilliam provided the first detailed description of VF, and demonstrated how VF in man could be terminated by electric shocks applied through a large pair of electrodes: the first description of defibrillation in man.<cite>McWilliam1</cite><cite>McWilliam2</cite>
'''1889''' Dutch physiologist Willem Einthoven sees Waller demonstrate his technique at the First International Congress of Physiologists in Bale. Waller often demonstrated by using his dog "Jimmy" who would patiently stand with paws in glass jars of saline.
#Wiggers Wiggers CJ, Wegria R. ''Ventricular fibrillation due to single localized induction in condenser shock supplied during the vulnerable phase of ventricular systole.'' Am J Physiol 1939;128:500
#Haiss pmid=1846337
#McWilliam1 pmid=16991467
#McWilliam2 McWilliam JA. ''Electrical stimulation of the heart in man.'' 1889. Br. Med. J. 1: 348

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