Sir William Osler was a man of not inconsiderable talent. A pathologist and clinician. A professor successively at McGill University, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University and Oxford University. Historian and bibliographer of medicine. A naturalist, microscopist, proponent of comparative physiology…and a veterinarian The incessant concentration of thought upon one subject, however interesting, tethers […]
Alfred Russel Wallace did not knowingly study infectious diseases or their microbial causes, but he did travel extensively and repeatedly put himself in the biological line of fire, as evidenced in his many writings.
Fleming’s role in the discovery and subsequent development of penicillin is well-known parable of the importance of serendipity in medical research. Fewer people know anything about the Scots bacteriologist’s earlier discovery of lysosyme or his work on the bacteriology of traumatic wound infection.
A brief (…and frequently updated) history of electrocardiography and the eponymous names behind the ECG/EKG…
Roger’s murmur: holosystolic, loud murmur compared to the sound of a ‘rushing waterfall’. Associated with ventricular septal defects (VSD)
Corrigan pulse is the excessive visible arterial pulsations in aortic incompetence. Not to be confused with the palpated ‘water-hammer pulse’.
Still’s Murmur ejection systolic murmur first described in 1909 by English pediatrician Sir George Frederic Still KCVO (1868 – 1941)
Capgras syndrome: uncommon syndrome in which a patient has a delusional belief that a person, usually a family member or friend, has been replaced by an imposter.