William Harvey : The Discovery Of How Blood Works Inside The Human Body

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William Harvey is credited with the discovery of how blood works inside the human body. This discovery and many of the discoveries during the Enlightenment are essential to today 's knowledge. William Harvey impacted his time period with contributions to anatomy and physiology, which laid the foundation for modern medicine. Harvey was born in Folkestone, England on April 1,1578 (William Harvey Biography, paragraph 1). He graduated in 1597 and decided to study medicine, travelled through France, Germany then to Padua. He went to school at the King 's School, Canterbury, and at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge(William Harvey,paragraph 2).There is no evidence that Harvey ever met Galileo, or if he had believed in the heliocentric view…show more content…
Harvey left a long lasting legacy to the medical world. Without his discoveries we would not know some of the things we know today. His discoveries were crucial to some of the theories to come later . His work could also be called vital because of his hypotheses, experiments, and conclusions. These all led to the discovery of modern physiology .Using experiments in animals such as the snake, he demonstrated that the blood passed from the veins to the right side of the heart (the right ventricle), that the supposed pores in the septum of the heart did not exist, and that the right ventricle propelled the blood into the lungs(Harvey, William paragraph 4). It then returned to the left side of the heart. Harvey 's discovery was perhaps natural that so novel and original a discovery that it would naturally generate controversy. On the continent, Leyden was the first university to accept Harvey 's conclusions; in many other schools, particularly in Paris, it was a further half century before Harvey 's work was fully appreciated. So important was his work, however, that by the beginning of the eighteenth century the great Dutch teacher of medicine in Leyden, Hermann Boerhaave, stated that nothing that had been written before Harvey was any longer worthy of consideration. Harvey was interested in many other aspects of
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