National Affairs: The Doctor's Report

Dr. Paul Dudley White, 69, is one of the world's most eminent heart specialists. In the pursuit of his notable career he has taken electrocardiograms of circus elephants, and once, in the icy waters off the coast of Alaska, he even recorded the heartbeat of a beluga whale by means of an electrocardiograph wired to a pair of brass-tipped harpoons (TIME, Aug. 25, 1952). Since the whale was small as well as in an understandable state of excitement, Dr. White was not fully satisfied with the result. He still yearns to record the throb...

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