These waves were definitively described in 1953 by John J. Osborn (born 1917) and were named in his honor. The prominent J deflection attributed to hypothermia was first reported in 1938 by Tomaszewski. Over time, the wave has increasingly been referred to as an Osborn wave, in most part due to Osborn's 1953 article in the American Journal of Physiology on experimental hypothermia.
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