Medicine: Big Beat

Boston's famed Heart Specialist Paul Dudley White, 73, is almost as eager as was Captain Ahab to sink a harpoon into the mightiest leviathan of the deep, but for a different reason: he wants to record its electrocardiogram. Dr. White has logged the ECG of a small (only 1¼ ton) Beluga whale in Alaska (TIME, Aug. 25, 1952), but has been thwarted in efforts to get his electrodes into the bigger grey whale off California. Last week he was within a heartbeat of an equally desirable prize, and missed by a fluke.

The whale...

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