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Description - Harvey's Heart by Andrew Gregory

In this era of open-heart surgery and medical research, science has amassed a great deal of knowledge on the function of the heart and blood. But prior to anaesthetics, blood transfusions and antiseptics, to open the chest and expose the heart meant certain death for the patient. The motion of the heart was poorly understood, yet the actions of one man, William Harvey, were to unravel its mysteries.The tale of this discovery is one of ingenuity, imagination and perseverance, and a remarkable use of experiment, observation and skill. In the seventeenth century, William Harvey, physician to King James I and Charles I, made one of the greatest discoveries in anatomy, revolutionising our understanding of the human body. He found that the blood vessels form a closed system and that the blood circulates rapidly around the body, pumped by the heart. Having stood unchallenged for 1,500 years, the accepted view - that blood was generated in the liver and slowly consumed by the body - was overthrown.Andrew Gregory's extraordinary account of Harvey's crucial work places it against the background of the art and science of the Renaissance, and narrates the dramatic struggle Harvey fought for its acceptance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781840462487
ISBN-10: 1840462485
Format: Paperback
(176mm x 110mm x 19mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Icon Books Ltd
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Apr-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Andrew Gregory

Andrew Gregory is Lecturer in History of Science in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London.

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