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The Anatomical Exercises: De Motu Cordis and De Circulatione Sanguinis in English Translation (Dover Books on Biology) Paperback – April 24, 2013


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  • Series: Dover Books on Biology
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (April 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486688275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486688275
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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English physician Harvey was the first (in the 1500s) to discover how blood circulates in the body: this book details his theory of circulation and basic ideas on anatomy, providing precise and detailed insights which students should appreciate as a supplemental physiology text. -- Midwest Book Review

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Ramos on July 4, 2011
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William Harvey (1578 - 1657) was the first to have a very comprehensive understanding of the circulation and motion of blood through the body in the West. Chinese medicine seems to have discovered such knowledge since ancient times. Others before such as Galen and Aristotle had excellent understanding of the issue, but a few issues were left unresolved or unclear.

This book contains Harvey's monumental study, "De Motu Cordis" (Of the Movement of the Heart) often called "On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals" plus two related letters "De Circulatione Sanguinis" (Of the Circulation of Blood) also known as "Two Anatomical Exercitations Concerning the Circulation of the Blood to John Riolan" that further address issues, that some of the people who read his work, had. This endeavor was big in scope since Harvey says that the questions of solving completely the relations of the heart, the lungs, the contents that flowed thorough the arteries and veins, and the motion and circulation of blood was almost too big to answer so much so that only God would know these matters in correct context. However, Harvey pushed forward and succeeded, via the dissection of multiple animals and reading other research, to induce these principle to man. He of course was not the first to attempt such a study, but he was the first successful one - and for this he is an icon in medicine and physiology.

This Dover edition is a very good early copy of Harvey's work that was available during his lifetime.
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William Harvey (1578-1657) was an English physician, who was the first to describe completely and in detail the systemic circulation and properties of blood being pumped to the brain and body by the heart.

He concluded in the Preface of "De Mortu Cordis," "it is clear, that those things which are before spoken by former Authors concerning the motion and use of the heart and the arteries do either seem inconvenient or obscure, or admit of no compossibility, if one do diligently consider them; therefore it will be profitable to search more deeply into the business, and to contemplate the motions of the arteries and heart, not only in man, but also in all other creatures that have a heart; as likewise by the frequent dissection of living things, and by much ocular testimony to discern and search the truth." (Pg. 15)

He says, “Wherefore, whether it be by compression, stuffing, or interception that the motion of the blood through the arteries be hindered, in that case the furthermost arteries do beat less, seeing the pulse of the arteries is nothing but the implosion of blood into the arteries.” (Pg. 27)

He summarizes: “Seeing it is confirmed by reasons and ocular experiments, that the blood does pass through the lungs and heart by the pulse of the ventricles, and is driven into the veins and porosities of the flesh, and through them returns from the little veins into the greater, from the circumference to the centre… It must of necessity be concluded that the blood is driven into a round by a circular motion in creatures, and that it moves perpetually; and hence does arise the action and function of the heart, which by pulsation it performs; and lastly, that the motion and pulsation of the heart is the only cause.” (Pg.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anita Wexler on February 24, 2014
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Boring, Boring . . . don't bother, sorry; very disappointed; I need to read things that are challenging . .. not there.
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