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Circulation: William Harvey’s Revolutionary Idea – Review

A captivating look at the famed anatomist who revolutionised the ‘scientific method’ in his observations of the heart and the circulation of the blood, which dangerously contradicted the work and theories, taught and believed by generations of philosophers, of Galen.

Wright starts at the beginning in his chronological overview of William Harvey, from his fortunate yet humble upbringing, to his ‘placing his head among the stars’ and finally to the publication and reception of his essay ‘De motu cordis’.

Wright intersperses his chronology with knowledge-led essays including essays on Wright’s belief in the influence of the world around Harvey and how it shaped his discoveries, from the maze-like London in the city-body metaphor, as the beating heart of the country to literary types like John Donne and Read More at newbooksmag.co.uk.

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