[History of Medicine] [Anatomy] [Physiology] [Cardiology] [Circulation of Blood]
Printed in Rotterdam by Arnold Leers, 1671. (Engraved title-page dated 1661.) This EPOCH-MAKING WORK ON THE DISCOVERY AND THE EXPERIMENTAL PROOF OF THE CIRCULATION OF BLOOD by William Harvey (1578-1657) is widely considered "PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK IN THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE" (Heirs of Hippopcrates). Harvey's first and greatest work, Exercitatio anatomica de motu cordis et sanguinis circulatione ("An Anatomical Exercise on the Motion of the Heart and Circulation of Blood") is a landmark in the history of physiology. Just as important as its substance was its method. Harvey combined observations, experiments, measurements and hypotheses in extraordinary fashion to arrive at his doctrine.
" [Harvey's] work was one of the major triumphs of modern science, and thus helped to generate the enthusiasm for science that came to dominate European intellectual life during the second half of the seventeenth century. " (DSB)
We are pleased to offer a complete and well preserved example of this scarce early edition of the celebrated medical classic in contemporary (17th century) calf binding!
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Two parts in one volume. Text in the original Latin.
Edited by Zacharias Sylvius with his Preface.