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HARVEY, William.
The Anatomical Exercises...concerning the motion of the Heart and Blood. With the Preface of Zachariah Wood Physician of Rotterdam. To which is added Dr. James De Back his discourse of the Heart.
London: Printed by Francis Leach, for Richard Lowndes, 1653. 3 parts in 1 volume, 8vo (157 × 94 mm), pp. [xl] leaves (including the first blank); [xx], 123, [ii], 86. Title a cancel as in most copies, divisional titles to the second and third parts. Upper corner of the front free endpaper and the first blank leaf torn away, some very minor worming in upper inner corner towards the end touching a few letters, some light foxing and minor soiling. Original publisher's sheep, a little cracked and marked. Expertly rebacked preserving almost all of the original blind-ruled backstrip, two small lacunae in the leather of the lower cover and tip of one corner worn. Preserved in a modern cloth box. Early signature of Robert Apsley at top of title. A very good copy. First edition in English of the Exercitatio Anatomica De Motu Cordis (1628) in which was described the discovery and proof of the circulation of the blood. 'The most important book in the history of medicine. Harvey proved experimentally that in animals the blood is impelled in a circle by the beat of the heart, passing from arteries to veins through pores (i.e. the capillaries, seen by Malpighi with the microscope in 1660' (Garrison & Morton). It should also be regarded as 'the first record of a complete biological investigation, giving a clear and accurate description of the methods employed to recognise the laws governing an important vital process, a knowledge of which had till then been befogged by mistaken conceptions...' (H.P. Bayon in Keynes). Harvey's hypothesis, like almost all revolutionary hypotheses, was init … [Click Below for Full Description]
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