Augustus Desire

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Augustus Desire was born in Paris, France back in 1856. Like his father he studied medicine at Aberdeen University obtaining the M.D. in 1881. He became a lecturer in physiology at the London School of Medicine for Women in 1883.

By 1884, he was lecturing at St. Mary’s Hospital again on the subject of physiology. Later he did the same in Europe and American. He was appointed the Fullerian Professor of Physiology in 1896. Sadly, he died after suffering from two strokes in 1921, he was 65.

What you may not know about Augustus Desire Waller is that in1887, he invented something that changed the medical profession. It is still in use to this day. He called his invention the capillary electrometer, using it on his dog Jimmy during some of his lectures. While it has been improved upon it is a standard in today’s medical profession. We know it now as an ECG, or electrocardiogram.

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Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
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Interesting biography of Augustus Desire, thanks for sharing.

Oct 15, 2018 03:10 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray that electrocardiogram has recognized and saved millions if not billions of lives....

Oct 15, 2018 03:53 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - this is a standard test today during every physical.  It is too bad it didn't save him from a stroke.

Oct 15, 2018 04:12 AM #3
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Morning James, thanks for the history lesson. It's incredible to know such a test was created over 100 years ago.

Oct 15, 2018 04:18 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. I have been hooked up to the modern version more than once. Enjoy your day!

Oct 15, 2018 05:00 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

So many have extended their lives from his work.

Make yourself an astonishing day. 

Oct 15, 2018 05:10 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well he sure was ahead of his time.

Oct 15, 2018 05:24 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a great read and an impressive discovery.

Oct 15, 2018 05:33 AM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  So, this is the guy responsible for all that excess billing all the doctors and hospitals make for this test.  

Oct 15, 2018 05:54 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Quite an important invention and just a note, you spelled hanged instead of changed. 

Oct 15, 2018 06:57 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Most inventions change our lives for the better but there are some that save lives and are extremely important.  This is one of those in the second category. 

Oct 15, 2018 08:25 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- well done!!!  Larry and I both have been hooked up so I thank him for his invention. 

Oct 15, 2018 08:36 AM #12
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, that is very cool, I will have to let my Dad know about this since he has had plenty of those in the past.

Oct 15, 2018 09:04 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Just goes to show how wonderful dogs are...seriously this is a wonderful invention. A

Oct 15, 2018 02:52 PM #14
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good to know wh invented this and save so many lives James.  Make ita great day!


Oct 15, 2018 03:10 PM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Thank you for another intensive history lesson James. Like I’ve always told you I learn more every morning that I did in college...🤓

Oct 15, 2018 11:08 PM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James it is not too late you can start a new career  History Teacher, loved this post and no I have never heard of this great inventor, Endre

Oct 15, 2018 11:17 PM #17
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

James, I'd like a gift of a free cardiogram!!  Thanks for the historically interesting posts about people who invent amazing things!

Nov 13, 2018 12:07 PM #18
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