Herrman Ludwig Blumgart (1895-1977) was an American physician, cardiologist and pioneer of diagnostic nuclear medicine.
Referred to as the father of diagnostic nuclear medicine, in that he performed the first radiotracer test on a human (himself).
- Born 18 July 1895 in New Jersey, United States
- 1928 – Physician in chief at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston. Position he held until 1965.
- 1956 – Editor-in-chief of Circulation
- Died 21 March 1977 in Massachusetts, United States
- Blumgart-Ernstene murmur differentiating aortic insufficiency from peripheral vasodilation (1933)
- Blumgart–Yens detector; the Blumgart–Yens modified cloud chamber heralded the birth of nuclear medicine instrumentation
- Hermann L. Blumgart Award (1989) Cardiovascular Council Award for outstanding achievement in the field of nuclear cardiology
Key Medical Attributions
In 1925, Hermann Blumgart performed the first diagnostic procedure using radioactive indicators on humans
- Blumgart HL, Yens OC. Studies on the velocity of blood flow: I. The method utilized. J Clin Invest. 1926;4:1–13.
- Blumgart HL, Ernstene AC. Two mechanisms in production of Duroziez’s sign: Their diagnostic significance and clinical test for differentiating between them. JAMA. 1933; 100(3): 173-177. [Blumgart-Ernstene murmur]
- Portrait: “Herrman L. Blumgart,” OnView: Digital Collections & Exhibits
- Freedberg AS. In memoriam. Herrman L. Blumgart. J Nucl Med. 1978 May;19(5):569.
- Patton DD. The birth of nuclear medicine instrumentation: Blumgart and Yens, 1925. J Nucl Med. 2003 Aug;44(8):1362-5.
- Zhang G. Eponyms in Aortic Regurgitation. LITFL 2019
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