Descriptions of blood and blood disorders before the advent of laboratory studies

  title={Descriptions of blood and blood disorders before the advent of laboratory studies},
  author={Gerald D. Hart},
  journal={British Journal of Haematology},
  • G. Hart
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • Medicine
  • British Journal of Haematology
Since antiquity, blood has been recognized as the essential component of life. Without knowledge of the circulation, ancient Egyptian religion recognized the heart as the seat of the soul and entry into the afterlife depended upon Osiris weighing the heart on the scales of justice. In the New World, the supreme offering to the Incan gods was the beating heart of a human sacrificial victim. In the Holy Bible, Leviticus 17: 11 contains a universal truth about blood, `the life of the flesh is in… 
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