Circulation of the blood, 1766.
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Circulation of the blood, 1766.

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Plate taken from first edition of 'Opera Omnia' ('Complete Works', 1766) by William Harvey, showing an illustration based on one featured in his highly influential publication 'De Motu Cordis' (1628). The English physician William Harvey MD, FRCP (1578-1657), was attached to St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and was physician to both James I and Charles I. Best known for discovering the circulation of the blood, made public in 1616, Harvey also superintended the physical examination of women accused of witchcraft.

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