Discovery of the cardiovascular system: from Galen to William Harvey.

@article{Aird2011DiscoveryOT,
  title={Discovery of the cardiovascular system: from Galen to William Harvey.},
  author={William C. Aird},
  journal={Journal of thrombosis and haemostasis : JTH},
  year={2011},
  volume={9 Suppl 1},
  pages={118-29}
}
The goal of this review is to examine the events that led to discovery of blood circulation. The Ancient Greeks, including Hippocrates and Galen viewed the cardiovascular system as comprising two distinct networks of arteries and veins. Galen claimed that the liver produced blood that was then distributed to the body in a centrifugal manner, whereas air or pneuma was absorbed from the lung into the pulmonary veins and carried by arteries to the various tissues of the body. Arteries also… CONTINUE READING

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