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Signs and measurements of venous congestion.

  • Lewis, Thomas, Sir, 1881-1945.
  • Film

About this work


This film catalogues the symptoms of venous congestion. The opening sequence shows a male patient in a sitting position on a hospital bed breathing shallowly. His legs, drapped over the side of the bed, are shown with oedema (swelling). His abdomen is swollen. The neck veins are visible; this phenomena is know as the venous reservoir. A model using glass jars together with a two-dimensional cut out person is utilised to illustrate the working of the venous reservoir. A manometer is shown in operation. A tilting table is shown with a clinician in attendance (presumably Sir Thomas Lewis) with various calculations.


UK : [publisher not identified], 1935.

Physical description

1 film reel (16 min. total) : silent, black and white, 16mm.


This is the complete version of this title with the addition of a British Film Institute opening credit.
Sir Thomas Lewis is considered to be one of the pioneers of the use of electrocardiology in a clinical setting. This film material was collected as part of Arthur Hollman's biography of Lewis (available in the Wellcome Library) together with his extensive oral history collection (available on the Moving Image and Sound collection), gathered in the course of his research.

Creator/production credits

Sir Thomas Lewis for the Department of Clinical Research, University College London.

Copyright note

Wellcome Trust.



  • English

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