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Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus: An English Translation with Annotations by Chauncey D. Leake Hardcover – 1931


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Charles C. Thomas (1931)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006AL986
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The short and unpretentious work here presented for the first time in digital format is one of a handful of undoubted classics in the history of western scientific thought. Its English title is perhaps best rendered as "Anatomical Exercise on the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals," where "Exercise" has the sense of a formal academic argument; it is universally known to scholars by the abbreviated form of its Latin title, De Motu Cordis. Because it is brief, exquisitely well argued, and relatively non-technical, De Motu Cordis is very probably the one and only great classic of western science written before 1800 that is still widely read today.

The publication of De Motu Cordis in 1628 marked the overthrow of a tradition of scientific explanation that had endured for almost 1500 years, and introduced within the biological sciences a convention based on close observation and direct experimentation. Harvey's rigorous and convincing logic yielded not only a statement of an epoch-making scientific discovery (the circulation of the blood), but a fascinating study of how an investigator should conduct experimental inquiries, and how to construct a maximally persuasive argument. There is remarkably little that one can point to, even 375 years later, that is factually "wrong."

- excerpt from the commentary by Robert G. Frank, Jr. on the CD-ROM --This text refers to the CD-ROM edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Hartvigsen on April 20, 2000
Format: CD-ROM
An excellent resource for the serious historian and the casual collector alike, this remarkable digitized manuscript provides fully searchable text in both Latin and English. I was hoping for the Chauncey Leake translation, but who can argue with the "first English text of 1653!" PDF format offers intuitive navigation, and I can't say enough good things about the copy and paste-able text which made paper-writing a sheer delight. Original diagrams as well as the full Latin and English texts are printable. A treasure!
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