September 13, 1965


JAMA. 1965;193(11):957-958. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090110095029

Hering the younger, of Prague and Cologne, enriched our understanding of cardiovascular function with the interpretation of the carotid sinus reflex, experimental studies on the independent action of auricles and ventricles, and the analysis of pulsus irregularis perpetuus, later called "auricular fibrillation." He was born in Vienna where his father E. Hering, the noted physiologist, was then in residence but who later taught at Leipzig. The son matriculated at the University of Prague, advanced into the faculty, and at the age of 36 was appointed professor of general and experimental pathology. Just before World War I, he accepted an invitation to become Director of the Institute of Pathologic Physiology at the University of Cologne.1

Hering's initial studies concerned the innervation of skeletal muscle. This led him to the study of the physiologic and pathologic function of the heart and great vessels and the correlation with clinical findings of the

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