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February 1962

Movements of the Heart: Some Clinical and Physiologic Considerations

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Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(2):136-145. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620140008003

It has been my good fortune to know a large number of distinguished physicians and a few outstanding medical scientists. As regards most of them, only time can reveal which ones will ultimately be smiled upon by Clio, that capricious Muse, and so be designated as immortals in her records of medical history. This uncertainty does not apply to Dr. Herrick. There can be no doubt that his name will remain permanently engraved and proudly displayed on the same scrolls which also bear the names of Heberden, Charcot, Mackenzie, Osler, Volhardt, and many others who, like Dr. Herrick, played a significant role in the metamorphosis of clinical medicine from sterile scholastic disputation to a humanitarian art and an intellectually respectable area of biologic science. As the first person to offer a clear clinical description of two important diseases, Dr. Herrick's place as a medical immortal is secure. The student of

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