Kinetography and Its Application in Heart Studies

  • W. H. Bain
  • T. G. Grassie
  • T. R. Fenton
  • R. Vas
  • F. Thevoz
  • W. H. Bain


For many hundreds of years, physicians have gained information on cardiac function by feeling movements of the heart through the chest wall. They learned to distinguish the barely palpable stirring of the normal heart from the hyperdynamic action which accompanies increased output; the powerful sustained thrust of the hypertrophied heart which is working against a raised resistance; and the labouring heave of the failing myocardium, which has exhausted its powers of compensation and is progressively dilating. Indeed, prior to the development of electrocardiography at the beginning of this century, and catheterisation of the heart thirty years later, palpation of the precordial impulse, inspection of the jugular veins, and auscultation of the heart sounds completed the cardiologist’s diagnostic equipment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. H. Bain
    • 1
  • T. G. Grassie
  • T. R. Fenton
    • 2
  • R. Vas
    • 2
  • F. Thevoz
  • W. H. Bain
    • 3
  1. 1.Cardiac Surgery UnitRoyal InfirmaryGlasgowScotland
  2. 2.University of StrathclydeGlasgowScotland
  3. 3.Cardiac Surgery UnitRoyal InfirmaryGlasgowScotland

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