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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; New Ed edition (23 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521031087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521031080
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,255,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Roger French gives us a learned, intellectual history of William Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the blood and its eventual acceptance. It can be used as a handy summary of Harvey's ideas and contemporary debates about them, but it also introduces an important argument about the leading place of learned medicine in the development of experimental natural philosophy....French's book ought to be welcomed both for his sound summary of the course of the early modern arguments over the motion of the heart and the circulation of the blood, and for his arguments placing Harvey (and medicine more generally) at the heart of the scientific revolution of early modern Europe." Harold J. Cook, American Historical Review

"French's careful analysis of the Demotu cordis itself, separating the discoveries of the 'forceful systole' and of the pulse from the inference to the circulation, seems especially significant for the understanding both of Harvey's discovery itself and of the many misunderstandings that followed." Isis

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This is the first full study for over twenty-five years of Harvey's doctrine of the action of the heart and of the circulation of the blood. Also examined are the views of those who wrote for, and against, his philosophy.

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When Harvey raised his scalpel to begin the Lumleian anatomy lectures at the College of Physicians, he was embarking on an exercise in which he was to discover the circulation of the blood. Read the first page
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This book gives a fascinating and well written account of medieval medicine at a time of great scientific advances. Harvey not only had to overcome problems arising from Galen's flawed anatomical work but also the religious and political influences on scientists of the day. Harvey's intelligent, inquisitive mind is explained and his tenacity in the face of opposition to his theories is clear. A pity it took over 200 years after his discovery of the circulation of the blood for doctors to stop bleeding people to death. This book will appeal to the those interested in the history of medicine, philosophers and medieval historians in general. One star lost due to the high cost of the book. Every library should have one.
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An almost complete account of the seventeenth century views on the soul, related to the outsanding discovery of the circulation of the blood.
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