Journal of Physiology, 1887, v.8, pp. 296-310
MacWilliam discovered that fibrillar contraction of the heart is due to a rapid succession of incoordinated peristaltic contrations. He clearly described auricular and ventricular fibrillation, and showed that venticular fibrillation could be caused by the injection of certain poisons into the blood stream. His paper is included, with an account of his life, in Willius and Keys, Cardiac classics, 1941, pp. 666-678.
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MacWilliam, John Alexander, "Fibrillar contraction of the heart." (1887). Classic Article Collection. 173.