Louis Wolff

Louis Wolff (1898 – 1972)

Louis Wolff (1898 – 1972) was an American cardiologist.

Eponymously remembered in association with the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, first described in 1930.

Key interests in coronary artery disease; paroxysmal tachyarrhythmias; electrocardiographic and vectorcardiographic diagnosis of myocardial infarction and the influence of bypass tracts on the diagnosis.

  • 1898 – Born 14 April in Boston
  • 1918 – Graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, majored in biology and public health
  • 1922 – Medical degree, Harvard Medical School
  • 1922 – 1924 Intern, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 1928 – 1964 Chief of the Electrocardiographic Laboratory at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston
  • President of the New England Cardiovascular Society
  • Clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • 1950 – Published book ‘Electrocardiography. Fundamentals and Clinical Application’. WB Saunders, Philadelphia
  • 1972 – Died 28 January of Parkinson’s disease
Medical Eponyms

Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome (1930) is a combination of the presence of a congenital accessory pathway and episodes of tachyarrhythmia. When recognised in 1930 during a case study of 11 patients, it was first described as:

Functional bundle-branch block and abnormally short P-R interval, occurring mostly in otherwise healthy young people with paroxysms of tachycardia or of auricular fibrillation

Wolff L, Parkinson J, White PD 
  • Wolff didn’t meet Parkinson until 24 years later at the Second World Congress of Cardiology in 1954
Major Publications

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