The pulse of life

The pulse is a vital sign of life. Medicine past and present has measured the rhythmic pulsation that can be felt at various points on the body for signs of illness, love and stress. From birth to death, your pulse confirms that you’re alive. You can’t live without a pulse – or can you?

Words by Anjuli Sharma

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About the author

Anjuli Sharma


Anjuli is a graduate trainee at Wellcome. Prior to joining Wellcome, she studied Pharmacology and Physiology at King’s College London.