Herrman Blumgart

Herrman L. Blumgart (1895-1977)

Herrman Ludwig Blumgart (1895-1977) was an American physician, cardiologist and pioneer of diagnostic nuclear medicine.

In 1925, Hermann Blumgart performed the first diagnostic procedure using radioactive indicators on humans. Referred to as the father of diagnostic nuclear medicine, in that he performed the first radiotracer test on a human (himself).

  • Born on July 18, 1895 in New Jersey, United States 
  • 1921 – M.D. from Harvard Medical School
  • 1925 – With Soma Weiss (1898-1942) conducted experiments with in-vivo circulating blood radioactive tracers, the first practical method of measuring circulation in time
  • 1928 – Assistant Professor of Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston
  • 1946 – Physician- in Chief at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston until 1962.
  • 1946 – Appointed Professor of Medicine at Harvard
  • 1956 – Editor-in-chief of Circulation
  • 1969 – Named first physician by the Society of Nuclear Medicine
  • Died on March 21, 1977 in Massachusetts, United States

Medical Eponyms
Blumgart-Ernstene murmur (1933)

To differentiate aortic insufficiency from peripheral vasodilation through immersion of limbs in cold water and the application of subdiastolic pressures. Duroziez-type murmur auscultated with the patients arm subjected to various temperatures of water and by applying a subdiastolic pressure below the auscultation site, to help differentiate between aortic insufficiency and peripheral vasodilatation.

Other eponyms
  • 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

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the person behind the name

BA MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM. Emergency physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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