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The Pulse Glass
  • ISBN: 9781529111088
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Binding: Paperback

The Pulse Glass

And the Beat of Other Hearts

Gillian Tindall

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Before doctors had access to accurate pocket watches, they timed a patient’s pulse with a 30-second ‘pulse glass’, a functional piece of equipment, never intended to survive for centuries.

Gillian Tindall inherited her great-great-grandfather’s pulse glass, which holds the heartbeats of many bygone generations and offers a portal to 19th-century Anglo-Irish life. The author brings her inimitable eye for domestic history to bear on the physical remnants of lives lost, unearthing stories.

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