Every now and then a small book is published which gives a delightful vignette of medical history in the making. This is an account of the heart station at the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, by Dr. Fulton. He worked with McKenzie, Lewis, Ritchie, and others in the fresh golden days when the electrocardiograph was a monstrous electrical machine, cumbersome and frightening. The patient had to be partially immersed in fluid to get the proper leads. Bewildered practitioners still scoffed at the thought that the laboratory was to bring aid to the practicing physician. This delightful little booklet of reminiscences discusses the circumstances under which one of the very first electrocardiographs was established in a hospital in this country. Everyone interested in cardiology and electrocardiology should read this book, if he can find a copy.
William B. Bean, M.D.