William Harvey & His Discovery of Blood Circulation

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Many people learned about the Circulatory System in their elementary school years, so for many, it would be hard to imagine a time where Civilization were unaware of how blood works. It wasn’t until 1682 when a English physician named William Harvey discovered the Circulatory System, before than people didn’t know where it came from and were unaware of its importance, and since then medicine developed rapidly increasing people’s life span and becoming the foundation of medicine, and how much it has effected us to this day.
William Harvey was born in 1578 in Folkston, England He went to Cambridge University and then studied medicine at the University Of Padua(1). He was married to Elizabeth Brown the Court physician daughter, who happened
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As soon as Harvey’s theory was developed, other medical discoveries soon followed. Calculation of cardiac output and input, the measurements of blood and fluid loss (6), was soon developed after the public accepted Harvey’s theory. Due to this method, doctors were able to determine just how much attention a patient needs which effectively helped to prolong life. This calculation method is still used today in surgery, which exemplifies how effective it is(7).

Another discovery that followed Harvey’s discovery was in 1692 when Max Perutz won the Noble Peace Prize for discovering a protein called ‘hemoglobin’ the part of the cell that carries oxygen(8). Without Harvey’s discovery, Perutz would not have known how to examine the human blood and would not have discovered hemoglobin, Hemoglobin plays a huge role in the human body is helps the red blood cell carry oxygen though the body. Without this discovery, there would be no answer or even insight into anemia, “A number of blood disorders have to do with hemoglobin abnormalities. In many forms of anemia, there is not enough hemoglobin in the red blood cells” (9).
As time went by a couple others added on to Harvey’s discovery, such as Marcello Malphigi who completed Harvey’s work by using stronger microscopes he saw capillaries that connected the veins with the
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