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MUSC Library completes preservation grant

The MUSC Waring Historical Library  announced the completion of its second National Film Preservation Foundation basic preservation grant that preserved Mechanical Measurement of Heart Force in Situ, a film of an early heart research experiment using the strain gauge arch.

Filmed circa 1950—1955 by Robert P. Walton, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Pharmacology, the film shows an early strain gauge arch sewn outside a dog’s heart. The strain gauge measures the force of the heart’s contraction, beat by beat, after the dog was given the drug epinephrine. It was used experimentally in animal studies, as depicted in this film, and was ultimately used in patients undergoing open–heart surgery.

At the time of his death in 1971, Dr. Walton was the principal investigator of one of the oldest continuous research grants of the National Heart and Lung Institute, National Institutes of Health.

The NFPF grant supported the creation of a film preservation master and two access copies of Mechanical Measurement of Heart Force in Situ. The film is now available to the public for on–site research.



June 13, 2014



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