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The heart of animals is the foundation of their life, the sovereign of everything within them, the sun of their microcosm, that upon which all growth depends, from which all power proceeds.
Letter to Prince Charles
William
Harvey
Harvard Classics, Vol. 38, Part 3
 
On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals
 
William Harvey
 
Harvey’s seminal work describing the circulation of blood through the body
 
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CONTENTS
Bibliographic Record
TRANSLATED BY ROBERT WILLIS

NEW YORK: P.F. COLLIER & SON COMPANY, 1909–14
NEW YORK: BARTLEBY.COM, 2001
 
 
Introductory Note
Letter to Prince Charles
Dedication

Introduction
  1. The Author’s Motives for Writing
  2. On the Motions of the Heart, as Seen in the Dissection of Living Animals
  3. Of the Motions of the Arteries, as Seen in the Dissection of Living Animals
  4. Of the Motion of the Heart and Its Auricles, as Seen in the Bodies of Living Animals
  5. Of the Motion, Action and Office of the Heart
  6. Of the Course by Which the Blood Is Carried from the Vena Cava into the Arteries, or from the Right into the Left Ventricle of the Heart
  7. The Blood Passes Through the Substance of the Lungs from the Right Ventricle of the Heart into the Pulmonary Veins and Left Ventricle
  8. Of the Quantity of Blood Passing Through the Heart from the Veins to the Arteries; And of the Circular Motion of the Blood
  9. That There Is a Circulation of the Blood Is Confirmed from the First Proposition
  10. The First Position: Of the Quantity of Blood Passing from the Veins to the Arteries. And That There Is a Circuit of the Blood, Freed from Objections, and Farther Confirmed by Experiment
  11. The Second Position Is Demonstrated
  12. That There Is a Circulation of the Blood Is Shown from the Second Position Demonstrated
  13. The Third Position Is Confirmed: And the Circulation of the Blood is Demonstrated from It
  14. Conclusion of the Demonstration of the Circulation
  15. The Circulation of the Blood Is Further Confirmed by Probable Reasons
  16. The Circulation of the Blood Is Further Proved from Certain Consequences
  17. The Motion and Circulation of the Blood Are Confirmed from the Particulars Apparent in the Structure of the Heart, and from Those Things Which Dissection Unfolds


 
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