Claude Beck

Claude Schaeffer Beck (1894-1971)

Claude Schaeffer Beck (1894-1971) was an American Cardiac Surgeon.

The first use of a defibrillator on a human (1947)

  • Born November 8, 1894
  • First American professor of cardiovascular surgery, Case Western Reserve University
  • 1952 – Nominated for Nobel Prize in Medicine
  • Died October 14, 1971

Medical Eponyms

Major Publications
  • Beck CS, Pritchard WH, Feil HS. Ventricular fibrillation of long duration abolished by electric shock. J Am Med Assoc. 1947 Dec 13;135(15):985. [PMID 20272528]


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the person behind the name

Emergency physician MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM with a passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books |

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