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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 21, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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Thus merrily prattles the tell-tale
sphygmograph, catching you in every
lie, invariably proclaiming the truth
you wourd conceal.
"The sphygmograph is simply a
delicate lnstument ror recording
every variation of the pulse-beat,"
explained Dr. Louisa Burns, former
professor in the Pacific College of
Osteopathy, whose experiments with
this and similar instruments at the
Still Reserarch Institute in Chicago
are now attracting the attention of
many scientists.
"It is adjusted over the wrist," she
continued, "so that a mechanical fin
ger pressing upon the pulse causes
a delicate needle to move in uniform
ity with the pulse-beat A strip of
smoked paper is drawn under the
needle by clockwork and upon it the,
needle traces an exact diagram of
the heart action.
"That the instrument so fatally re
veals every untruth told by the pa
tient and discloses his passions, fears
and desires with unfailing explicit
ness is due to the fact the heart 1b
made to flutter by every variation of
one's emotions, and it is physically
impossible for the will to prevent this
"A clever actor can by his will con
trol his facial expression: can tell a
lie with a' straight face, as we say
but he is absolutely unable to control
the involuntary rpovements of the
"Take the recent case of a patient
whom we were vainly treating for
stomach trouble. At last we decided
he was deceiving us as to his habits
I adjusted the sphygmograph to his
wrist and began talking to him on
different subjects. Suddenly I men
tioned cocaine. The record showed
immediately a pronounced jump of
the heart, though his face remained
immovable. Then the patient con
fessed that he was a victim of the
drug habit.
"In exactly this way a careful ob
server can detect each emotion of
his patient He can tell whether the .
patient is in love; he can discover
the loved one's name; he can disclose
every secret of the man's life.
"I believe that the sphygmograph
will soon be considered indispensable
in all police courts. After wearing it
on his wrist for five minutes, while
engaged in apparently innocent con
versation with a detective, a criminal
could be made to confess all of his
crimes, fyid the humorous part is
that he himself would be ignorant
that he had done so, until he was
shown how his heart had fluttered in
voluntarily at the words 'broken
window,' 'murdered girl 'bloody
hatchet,' or whatever they might be.
Chicago maidens' are already awake
to the possibilities of the sphygmo
graph. In the courtship of the future
the affected pair will sit shyly side by
side upon the sofa, chattering with
apparent aimlessness, but really care
fully studying the sphygmograph rec
ords upon each other's wrists. The
swain will fall upon his knees to pro
pose only when he has assured him
self by pulse- study tha,t the .maiden
loves him and will answer "yes."
Thus the instrument will Bave lov
ers very many embarrassing situations.
her wild creatures and woodland soli
tudes. Perhaps the fringing shadow
Mary Fuller's rise in the movie
world and the development of her
artistic life has been rapid. Mary
was born in Washington, D. C,
but it was on a quiet country roadway
that she learned to walk and talk.
of Mary Puller's eyes were caught
irom tnose lorest aeptns.
When she was 13 her father died
and Mary, together with her elder
She grew to know, nature's mogdjj, sister .ujuiertook the management or.
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