Circulation of the blood, c 1766.
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actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Circulation of the blood, c 1766.

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The first edition of 'Opera Omnia' ('Complete Works', 1766) by William Harvey (1578-1657), 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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