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Cardiac Physiology, History of Medicine, Digital Collections: Timelines and History for ECG

The first year medical and dental students are studying cardiac electrophysiology this month.  The Dubin book* (6th edition) is currently a hot item in the library reserve section.

Answering a reference question for a cardiologist this week on the topic of Medicine, Arts and Humanities, I came across a unique site, a timeline called “A Brief History of ECG“.  Nice.

Then I found the home page of The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) which links to a section explaining “Electricity and the Heart“.

On the HRS page, there is timeline arranged by decade, which has the stated purpose of: ” …trac[ing] the evolution of the fields of cardiac pacing, cardiac electro-physiology and implantable cardioversion-defibrillation through a tour of historic devices and other material significant to the fields. ”

Below is a screenshot of their Timeline 1970’s:

Image Credit: The Heart Rhythm Society Timeline – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

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Here are a few additional ECG teaching-and-learning sites:

  • Looking for a site you could easily spend hours in practicing ECG strip-interpretations? Try ECG-Maven, created by four physicians from Harvard University School of Medicine, has dozens of cases and quizzes.

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Finally, I’d like to mention finding a real treasure trove of a site: Exploring and Collecting History Online (ECHO), a digital history/directory site created by librarians at George Mason University, who describe their page in this way:

ECHO is a portal to over 5,000 websites concerning the history of science, technology, and industry… it is also a first step into the field of digital history.  Since 2001 it has been a laboratory for experimentation in this new field, and it fosters communication and dialog among historians, scientists, engineers, doctors, and technologists “.

Text credit: George Mason University – ECHO – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

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* Editors Note:  The author, Dale Dubin, MD, has a website which is meant to serve a a companion to the book.

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