An Anatomical Exercise on the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Living Beings by William Harvey

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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Total Points: 114

Since this book was first published in 1628, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 114.0.

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