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Willem Einthoven invention of the electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is being marked with a Google Doodle depicting the doctor hooked up to one of his machines.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his pioneering work in recording the heart’s electrical activity, would have celebrated his 159th birthday today.
The device then produced moving trace on graph paper, monitoring the rhythm of the heart as it pumps blood around the body.
Einthoven was well aware of the potential benefits of the his discovery, writing in 1906 that it would help doctors “to give relief to the suffering of our patients.”