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White, Paul Dudley

(1886–1973) cardiologist; born in Boston, Mass. Regarded as one of the world's premier authorities on heart disease, he preached the preventive value of diet, exercise, and weight control. He was the first American to make wide use of electrocardiograms (1914) and wrote the standard text, Heart Disease (1931). He was affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital (1911–73) while serving on many committees and foreign missions.

White, Paul Dudley


Born June 6, 1886, in Boston; died there Oct. 31,1973. American cardiologist and public figure.

White graduated in 1908 from Harvard University, where he received the M.D. degree in 1911. In 1914 he joined the faculty at Harvard and became an assistant professor in 1933; he was made professor emeritus in 1949. White’s work dealt mainly with the physiology and pathology of the heart, including electrocardiography, the diagnosis and treatment of cor pulmonale and other heart diseases, coronary heart disease in young adults and its prevention, the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases, and problems of rehabilitation in cardiology. In 1930, White described the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a specific form of functional cardiac pathology.

White served as executive director of the National Advisory Heart Council from 1948 to 1956. He was president of the International Society of Cardiology from 1954 to 1958 and of the International Society of Cardiology Foundation from 1957 until his death. White was a foreign member of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the USSR (1961).


Heart Disease, 4th ed. New York, 1951.
Electrocardiography in Practice, 3rd ed. Philadelphia, 1952. (Coauthor.)
My Life and Medicine: An Autobiographical Memoir. Boston, 1971.
In Russian translation:
Kliuchi k diagnostike i lecheniiu boleznei serdtsa. Moscow, 1960.


Dimond. E. G. “Paul Dudley White: A Portrait.” The American Journal of Cardiology, 1965, vol. 15, no. 4.