CME INDIA Presentation by ⚜ Dr. M. Gowri Sankar, MD, Senior Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Medicine, Government Medical College and ESI Hospital, Coimbatore.

Today’s History Feature:

Dr. Heinrich von Recklinghausen

(Apr 17, 1867 – Dec 12, 1942)

💠German Physician

His contributions…

🔹Heinrich Recklinghausen was the son of the famous Pathologist Dr. Friedrich von Recklinghausen, who was well-known for his work on Neurofibromatosis or Von Recklinghausen disease.

🔹After his medical studies, Dr. Heinrich started his career in the Physiological Institute, of Dr. Hugo Kronecker, who was a German Physiologist and he was the first to study Oesophageal manometry in humans (1883).

🔹During First World War, Dr. Heinrich was appointed as a Military Physician and afterwards he started his scientific research career.

🔹Dr. Heinrich is best remembered for his exclusive study regarding blood pressure measurement by his Oscillotonometer.

🔹His devise composed of a dial, oscillating needle and cuffs being connected to inflation bulb. Based on needle oscillation, he measured the blood pressure.

🔹Simultaneously, an Italian paediatrician, Dr. Scipione Riva Rocci had nivented a Cuff-based version of the mercury sphygmomanometer for the measurement of blood pressure, which was his major contribution to medicine.

🔹However, Dr. Heinrich is credited for making improvements to Dr. Riva-Rocci’s sphygmomanometer by increasing the size of the cuff width from 5 cm to 10 cm.

A Day to Commemorate

A Hypertension Researcher

Dr. Heinrich von Recklinghausen 🙏🏼

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