William Harvey

William Harvey (1578–1657) was an English physician who made seminal contributions to anatomy and physiology. He is best known for his discovery of the circulation of the blood through the body, which he described in his book 'Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus' (Anatomical Exercise on the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals). His work laid the foundation for modern cardiovascular medicine and represents a major milestone in the history of science.


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  1. 1. An Anatomical Exercise on the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Living Beings

    This influential medical text is a detailed study on the circulatory system, specifically focusing on the movement of blood and the function of the heart in living organisms. The author challenges the long-standing medical theories of his time, arguing against the belief that blood was created in the liver and then consumed by the body. Instead, he proposes that the heart acts as a pump, circulating blood throughout the body in a closed system. This revolutionary idea laid the foundation for modern understanding of the circulatory system and cardiovascular health.

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