William Harvey: Discoverer of How Blood Circulates

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William Harvey showed the world that the heart was actually a pump, and that blood circulates throughout the body. It was one of the great advances in the history of science. Harvey learned much of life science by dissecting the bodies of people who had died. He discovered that the heart was a muscle that squeezes blood the way a fist can squeeze juice from an orange.
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Overview

William Harvey showed the world that the heart was actually a pump, and that blood circulates throughout the body. It was one of the great advances in the history of science. Harvey learned much of life science by dissecting the bodies of people who had died. He discovered that the heart was a muscle that squeezes blood the way a fist can squeeze juice from an orange.
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Gr 4-8-This biography relates the main events in Harvey's life (1578-1657), provides a brief explanation of early theories of circulation, and makes clear the importance of his discovery. Written in a strong, terse style, the narrative discusses both what is known to have happened to the man, and what may have occurred according to other accounts of the time. Quotes-many from Geoffrey Keynes's The Life of William Harvey (Oxford, 1966; o.p.), Harvey himself, and his contemporaries-include explanations of unfamiliar usage. Black-and-white reproductions of portraits, medical diagrams, and bookplates are scattered throughout. G. Whitteridge's William Harvey and the Circulation of the Blood (Elsevier, 1970; o.p.) devotes a chapter to the man's life and the rest of the book to his theories and writings. A well-documented and interesting effort.-Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766030107
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Great Minds of Science Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.71 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Mending the Heart     5
Learning to Be a Doctor     8
Harvey the Physician     23
Movement of the Heart and Blood     36
Adventures at Home and Abroad     55
Civil War     71
Reproduction of Animals     83
Last Days     95
A New Kind of Science     101
Afterword: Helping the Heart     108
Activities     113
Chronology     117
Chapter Notes     119
Glossary     123
Further Reading and Internet Addresses     126
Index     127
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