Discovery of the cardiovascular system: from Galen to William Harvey

  title={Discovery of the cardiovascular system: from Galen to William Harvey},
  author={W. Aird},
  journal={Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis},
  • W. Aird
  • Published 2011
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis
  • The goal of this review is to examine the events that led to discovery of blood circulation. [...] Key Method Harvey employed experiment and deductive logic to show that arteries and veins are functionally, if not structurally, connected in the lung and the peripheral tissues, and that blood circulates. The mechanical force of the heart replaced Galen's elusive attractive powers. Ultimately, Galenism would collapse under the weight of Harvey's evidence, and a new paradigm of blood circulation would prevail.Expand Abstract
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