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1. The Context of Harvey's Discovery
About this Lecture
In this module, we look at the context of Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the blood. We start by looking at the impact of Vesalius and Fabricius, and how they differed in their thinking from Galen. Crucial to Harvey's discovery was Fabricius's discovery of valves within the veins. This inspired Harvey to look at blood circulation more deeply.
In this course, Professor Andrew Gregory (UCL) explores the life of William Harvey and his discovery of the circulation of the blood. We will look at why Harvey's discovery is so important and why it was such a difficult discovery to make given the medical perceptions of the time.
Andrew Gregory is professor of the history and philosophy of science at University College, London. His research interests include ancient science, the relation of religion and science, and William Harvey. He has written widely on Harvey, including his book Harvey's Heart: The Discovery of Blood Circulation.
Cite this Lecture
Gregory, A. (2021, September 29). Medicine Through Time – William Harvey and Circulation, 1570-1660 - The Context of Harvey's Discovery [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/medicine-through-time-william-harvey-and-circulation/the-context-of-harvey-s-discovery
Gregory, A. "Medicine Through Time – William Harvey and Circulation, 1570-1660 – The Context of Harvey's Discovery." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 29 Sep 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/medicine-through-time-william-harvey-and-circulation/the-context-of-harvey-s-discovery