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memorial PRIMUM MOVENS ULTIMUM MORIENS
The Durrer Committee commissioned Lucien den Arend to make a proposal for a sculpture commemorate Professor D. Durrer (1918-1984), the reputable Dutch cardiologist.
1985-1986 - height 4m - stainless steel memorial to Professor D. Durrer, Minervaplein, Amsterdam, commissioned by the Durrer Comité Foundation and the city of Amsterdam NL
Dirk Durrer (1918-1984) Dirk Durrer was appointed professor of cardiology and clinical physiology at the University of Amsterdam,The Netherlands, from 1957 until his death in 1984. In the early 60's he introduced the famous multiterminal intramural needle electrode - now called the Durrer Needle. This might be considered as the beginning of clinical electro-physiology setting the stage for programmed electrical stimulation and registration in the human heart. Durrer's experimental and clinical research gave the electrophysiological community important new insights in the reentry (circus movement) concept as explanation of certain types of tachycardia, particularly in the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Furthermore, Durrer initiated clinical and scientific approaches to pharmacological treatment of life-threatening tachyarrhythmia. In honor of his outstanding work, a monument was erected for Dirk Durrer in 1986 at the Minervaplein in Amsterdam near to his house in the Rubensstraat 27. The monument for Prof. Durrer (probably) shows a model with two parallel atrioventricular connections: The specialized conduction pathway and the accessory pathway, and in so far supports the 'reentry theory.'
Her Royal Highness Princess Juliana, the former Queen of the Netherlands, unveiled this monument on May 28, 1986 which has been erected in memory of the Amsterdam cardiology Professor, Prof. Dr. Durrer (1918-1 984). The text on the flagstone primum moriens, ultimum moriens is the title of the inaugural lecture of Prof. Durrer in 1957. It means: 'What moves first, dies last: and has reference to functioning of the heart.
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