Medicine: The Heart of Moby Dick

Paul Dudley White was well drilled in the classics and the old-fashioned virtues at Boston's Roxbury Latin School. The son of a doctor, young Paul sometimes got to drive his father's horse & buggy. He soon knew that he meant to be a doctor himself; when his sister died of rheumatic fever, he began to focus his interest on heart diseases. Intern White was sent to England to buy the Massachusetts General Hospital's first electrocardiograph and learn to run the new-fangled thing. That was in 1913. Dr. White has been taking tracings of heart impulses ever since. He has gone on...

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