This is Frankenstein, MD. The show that’s overflowing with fascinating medical science facts…
So….this show is awesome and yet another brilliant PBS Digital Studios addition. Everyone, I encourage you to watch episodes 1, 2, 3, share them with
your friendseveryone, and make sure to follow vfrankmd on Tumblr, FrankensteinMD on Twitter,,"Like" the Facebook page for continuous updates, and peep the Instagram for more bite-sized frankenfun!
And lastly, here’s a preview (below and this link) of Frankenstein MD’s blog post introduction to the series and the first episode, which communicates the fascinating aspect of Galvanism or, “animal electricity”…muahahaha…
Hi everyone. I’m very excited to release the first three episodes of Frankenstein, M.D., the web series that challenges assumptions and pushes boundaries in the fields of science and medicine. In our first experiment, my partner Iggy DeLacey and I explore the connection between electricity and the source of life itself.
And I’ve got all the “shocking” puns I need from Iggy, so don’t even start.
Visionary scientists throughout history have experimented with electrical power as a medical tool. One of my favorites is Italian physician Luigi Galvani, who demonstrated in 1786 that he could cause muscular contractions in a dissected frog’s leg by touching its nerve endings to a power source. His research led to an entire field being named after him (Galvanism) and laid the groundwork for the creation of the electrocardiogram, or EKG.
The EKG, which Iggy and I use in our experiment, measures the heart’s electrical activity. The device has come a long way since Dutch physiologist Willem Einthoven invented it in 1895, a feat that won him the Nobel Prize. The early models took five people to operate and required the patient to immerse each of their limbs in a container of salt water. Fortunately, we can now measure the heart’s activity (or lack thereof) through electrodes placed on the skin.
Oh, and another term that you’ll need to know for this episode is premature ventricular contractions, or PVCs. They are extra, abnormal heartbeats that begin in one of your heart’s two lower pumping chambers (ventricles) and disrupt your regular heartbeat rhythm. They are very common and nothing to be concerned about – certainly not worth making foolish and potentially life-threatening decisions involving electrical equipment.