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The humble looking strip of ECG  recorded  in millions ,  every day across the globe  has a complex definition.

And this definition  is  the most apt I have found.

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a curve showing the potential variations against time in the whole body stemming from the heart, which is an electrochemical generator suspended in a conductive medium.

Einthoven(Dutch)  is the the man who invented the ECG  ,  got a Nobel price for not only inventing the string galvanmeter to record ECG,  but also  making us understand   the rules  of the  electrical wave front  that emanates from the heart.( Not to forget the  original concept  of who demonstrated electrical activity from heart by by capillary electrometer.  by Waller.(British). In my opinion waller should have shared the Nobel prize. I am  sure ,even Einthoven would agree to it.

Of course , do not ask  which  comes first  ” Ionic  flow” or  “the current”  that  comes with it !

Credit goes to  the creators of this  wonderful book  on medical physiology and put that free on the net . Three cheers to  them .

The book is from  University of Copenhagen  , Pannum Institute of Medical Physiology.

physiology text book paulev Zubieta sweden

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. Waller AD. A demonstration on man of  electromotive changes accompanying the heart’s beat. J Physiol (London) 1887;8:229-234
Willem Einthoven introduces the term ‘electrocardiogram’ at a meeting of the Dutch Medical Association. (Later he claims that Waller was first to use the term). Einthoven W: Nieuwe methoden voor clinisch onderzoek [New methods for clinical investigation]. Ned T Geneesk 29 II: 263-286, 1893

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