The Study of the Pulse arterial, venous, and hepatic and of the movements of the heart. Edinburgh and London: Young J. Pentland, 1902. 1902.

Price £ GBP 200.00

8vo, pp. xx, (ii), 325, (3) blank, + Pentland’s 30-page catalogue dated March 1901 inserted at the end. Half-title, diagrams in the text. Original green cloth, t.e.g., other edges uncut. Spotting on the endpapers but a very good copy.

FIRST EDITION. G&M 2812. “His reputation rests on his long continued researches into the nature of irregularities of the heart’s rhythm. He graphically recorded the movements of the jugular veins and used these records in conjunction with others in an elaborate and acute analysis of the movements of the heart’s separate chambers. His ‘polygraph’, an instrument devised to take his records, was invented with the aid of a Lancashire watchmaker, Mr Shaw. Mackenzie’s book The Study of the Pulse (1902), in which the earlier observations were collected, gave the impetus to much work of the same kind by others” (ODNB). See Willius & Keys, Cardiac Classics, p.767. Bedford catalogue 67.

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