Tag Archives: Philip R. Liebson

Lewis Atterbury Conner: cofounder of the American Heart Association

Philip R. Liebson Chicago, Illinois, United States   Lewis Atterbury Conner (1867-1950) Photograph courtesy of American Heart Association, Inc., 1998 Dr. Lewis Atterbury Conner (1867-1950) was the chief of the New York Hospital medical service. He made rounds with the medical staff even on Sundays, when he would come from church wearing a morning coat, […]

James Bryan Herrick

Philip R. Liebson Chicago, Illinois, United States   James B. Herrick (1861—1954) Each year the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology honors a physician “whose scientific achievements have contributed profoundly to the advancement and practice of clinical cardiology.” This award is named after the physician James B. Herrick (1861-1954) who, within a two-year period, […]

The First Russian Revolution: 1905-1913

Philip R. Liebson Chicago, Illinois, United States   Within the years 1905-1913, three figures associated with the Imperial Military Medical Academy in St. Petersburg presented papers that provided the stepping-stones for the study of two major conditions leading to cardiovascular disease—hypertension and atherosclerosis. They created the seeds of a revolution that outlasted the more famous […]

Willem Einthoven and the string galvanometer

Philip R. Liebson Chicago, Illinois, United States Willem Einthoven (1860-1927)   “I do not imagine that electrocardiography is likely to find very extensive use in the hospital . . . It can at most be of rare and occasional use to afford a record of some anomaly of cardiac action.” —Augustus D. Waller, 1911 Perhaps […]

William Harvey

Philip R. Liebson Chicago, Illinois, United States William Harvey (1578-1657)   The impression that William Harvey (1578-1657) discovered the closed circulation of the blood is not entirely accurate, although after Harvey there was never any doubt about it. Regardless of what credit you ascribe to him, it is clear that his research benefited from more […]

René Théophile Hyacinthe Laënnec and the stethoscope

Philip R. Liebson Chicago, Illinois, United States Laennec examines a consumptive patient with a stethoscope in front of his students at the Necker Hospital, 1816 Théobald Chartran   What constitutes a high-tech instrument? Obviously, in the field of medicine, one that has been developed to improve evaluation of a given condition and lead to a […]