Hero Stories

Making a difference in the future of health care 

Everyone who's volunteered for a clinical study has a story to tell. A story about why they made the effort. What they hoped to accomplish. What they learned. And how the experience changed them. We call these volunteers heroes because they're helping scientists - who are heroes in their own right - find cures, improve quality of life, and move health research forward. Watch as the following heroes share their inspiring stories about making a difference in the future of health care.

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1909 – Albion Walter Hewlett, MD (Department of Internal Medicine) is one of the first physicians to use the electrocardiograph machine and recognize its potential importance as a diagnostic tool. He predicted in the journal Physician and Surgeon that "it is not improbable that the electrocardiogram will ultimately permit an early diagnosis of disease of the heart muscle."
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