William Harvey Biography

Medical Professional, Physiologist, Doctor, Scientist, Journalist (1578–1657)
William Harvey was a 17th-century British physician who became the first to document an understanding of blood circulation.


William Harvey, physician to two consecutive kings, studied blood circulation, and his Anatomical Exercise on the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals (1628) recorded his findings. Though Harvey understood that the heart pumped blood into the circulatory system, he had no knowledge of the influence of oxygen in the blood nor knowledge of the existence of capillaries.

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