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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