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VOLUNTARY ACCELERATION OF THE HEART BEAT

HOWARD F. WEST, M.D.; WILLIAM E. SAVAGE, A.B.
Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1918;XXII(3):290-295. doi:10.1001/archinte.1918.00090140023002.
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Favill and White1 have recently studied a person having the ability to increase the rate of the heart at will. This was the fourteenth of such persons to be reported (see Footnote 2). Electrocardiograms have been made of three of these persons, but only in the studies of Favill and White were the effects of atropin on the ability to accelerate observed. These authors, with others who have studied similar instances, were led to believe that the action of the accelerator nerves was the chief factor in the mechanism of this type of acceleration.

The following observations are reported in order to add another case to the series and because certain differences in results were obtained from those previously recorded.

The subject is a young medical student who is entirely healthy and is apparently free from all physical and neurotic defects. He has had no cardiovascular symptoms whatever and physical

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