Ernest Starling

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1866 – 1927

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Who was Ernest Starling?

Ernest Henry Starling was an English physiologist. He worked mainly at University College London, although he also worked for many years in Germany and France. His main collaborator in London was his brother-in-law, Sir William Maddock Bayliss.

Starling is most famous for developing the "Frank–Starling law of the heart", presented in 1915 and modified in 1919. He is also known for his involvement along with Bayliss in the Brown Dog affair, a controversy relating to vivisection. In 1891, when he was 25, Starling married Florence Amelia Wooldridge, the widow of Leonard Charles Wooldridge, who had been his physiology teacher at Guy's and died at the age of 32. She was a great support to Starling as a sounding board, secretary, and manager of his affairs as well as mother of their four children.

Other major contributions to physiology were:

The Starling equation, describing fluid shifts in the body

The discovery of peristalsis, with Bayliss

The discovery of secretin, the first hormone, with Bayliss and the introduction of the concept of hormones

The discovery that the distal convoluted tubule of the kidney reabsorbs water and various electrolytes

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Born
Apr 17, 1866
London
Also known as
  • Старлинг, Эрнест Генри
Nationality
  • England
Education
  • King's College London School of Medicine
  • King's College School
Lived in
  • London
Died
May 2, 1927
Jamaica

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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