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