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History of Cardiology
Published online: 2011-09-21
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500th anniversary of the birth of the precursor of modern cardiology: Josephus Struthius Polonus (1510–1568

Andrzej Grzybowski, Jarosław Sak, Jakub Pawlikowski
Cardiol J 2011;18(5):581-586.

open access

Vol 18, No 5 (2011)
History of Cardiology
Published online: 2011-09-21
Submitted: 2013-01-14

Abstract

In this article, the authors take a closer look at the figure of Josephus Struthius Polonus (1510– –1568), one of the most famous physicians of the European Renaissance, on the 500th anniversary of his birth. Struthius became famous for his critical analysis of Galen’s works and his own research into the circulatory system. The analysis of Struthius’s scientific achievements leads to a conclusion that he was one of the pioneers of modern cardiology. He was a precursor of William Harvey (1578–1657) in studying the cardiovascular system, and the first person in the history of European medicine to present the pulse in a graphic form. He also presented similar ideas to those proposed in the 19th century by the inventor of the sphygmograph Karl von Vierodt (1818–1884), and the inventor of the polygraph Sir James Mackenzie (1853–1925).
(Cardiol J 2011; 18, 5: 581–586)

Abstract

In this article, the authors take a closer look at the figure of Josephus Struthius Polonus (1510– –1568), one of the most famous physicians of the European Renaissance, on the 500th anniversary of his birth. Struthius became famous for his critical analysis of Galen’s works and his own research into the circulatory system. The analysis of Struthius’s scientific achievements leads to a conclusion that he was one of the pioneers of modern cardiology. He was a precursor of William Harvey (1578–1657) in studying the cardiovascular system, and the first person in the history of European medicine to present the pulse in a graphic form. He also presented similar ideas to those proposed in the 19th century by the inventor of the sphygmograph Karl von Vierodt (1818–1884), and the inventor of the polygraph Sir James Mackenzie (1853–1925).
(Cardiol J 2011; 18, 5: 581–586)
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Keywords

history of cardiology; history of sphygmography; Josephus Struthius

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Title

500th anniversary of the birth of the precursor of modern cardiology: Josephus Struthius Polonus (1510–1568

Journal

Cardiology Journal

Issue

Vol 18, No 5 (2011)

Pages

581-586

Published online

2011-09-21

Bibliographic record

Cardiol J 2011;18(5):581-586.

Keywords

history of cardiology
history of sphygmography
Josephus Struthius

Authors

Andrzej Grzybowski
Jarosław Sak
Jakub Pawlikowski

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