Thomas Lewis’ electrocardiograph

Made:
1930 in Cambridge
maker:
Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company Limited
Electrocardiograph, 1930. Front three quarter detail view. Grey background. Electrocardiograph, 1930. Front three quarter detail view. Grey background.

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Electrocardiograph, 1930. Front three quarter detail view. Grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Electrocardiograph, 1930. Front three quarter detail view. Grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Electrocardiograph, used by Sir Thomas Lewis at University College Hospital, London, by the Cambridge Instrument Co., Cambridge, England, 1930

An electrocardiograph produces graphical records of the electrical activity in a person’s heart. The records are examined by physicians for irregularities that may be a sign of disease.

Thomas Lewis (1881-1945) was a British physician who contributed to the development of cardiology – the study of the structure and diseases of the heart. Made by the Cambridge Instrument Co., Lewis used the machine during his research on the heart at University College Hospital. Lewis wanted to apply laboratory methods to the patient through the use of the electrocardiograph. This move was opposed by some physicians who felt machines devalued their clinical skills and that medical specialities made it impossible to consider the patient as whole person.

Details

Category:
Clinical Diagnosis
Object Number:
A602426
type:
electrocardiograph
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
University College Hospital