William Harvey's Natural Philosophy

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August 1994



This is the first full study for over twenty-five years of William Harvey's doctrine of the action of the heart and of the circulation of the blood.


List of figures; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Natural philosophy and anatomy; 2. Harvey's sources in Renaissance anatomy; 3. Harvey's research programme; 4. The anatomy lectures and the circulation; 5. The structure of De motu cordis; 6. Early reactions in England; 7. Overseas; 8. Two natural philosophies; 9. Circulation through Europe; 10. Back to Cambridge; 11. Harvey and experimental philosophy; Index.


"...a fascinating book." Choice "Roger French gives us a learned, intellectual history of William Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the blood and its eventual acceptance. It can be used as a handy summary of Harvey's ideas and contemporary debates about them, but it also introduces an important argument about the leading place of learned medicine in the development of experimental natural philosophy...French's book ought to be welcomed both for his sound summary of the course of the early modern arguments over the motion of the heart and the circulation of the blood, and for his arguments placing Harvey (and medicine more generally) at the heart of the scientific revolution of early modern Europe." Harold J. Cook, American Historical Review "French's careful analysis of the Demotu cordis itself, separating the discoveries of the 'forceful systole' and of the pulse from the inference to the circulation, seems especially significant for the understanding both of Harvey's discovery itself and of the many misunderstandings that followed." Isis
EAN: 9780521455350
ISBN: 0521455359
Untertitel: 30 figures. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: August 1994
Seitenanzahl: 408 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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