Ceaseless motion: William Harvey’s experiments in circulation |  Royal College Of Physicians 11 St. Andrews Place Londo London  | Thu 8th February 2018 Lineup

Ceaseless motion: William Harvey’s experiments in circulation

Royal College Of Physicians 11 St. Andrews Place Londo in London

Thursday 8th - Thursday 22nd February 2018

Thu 9:00am til Thu 5:00pm

No age restrictions

Exhibition on Dr William Harvey, the 17th century anatomist who discovered circulation of the blood, placing the heart at the centre of human life.

 

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Ceaseless motion: William Harvey’s experiments in circulation on Thursday 8th - Thursday 22nd February 2018

Working from his London home in the midst of the 17th century, William Harvey, doctor and anatomist, changed the way we view life itself.

Harvey’s experiments, his observations of the beating hearts of animals and dissections of hanged men, revealed a revolutionary new truth.

Blood was not, as had been thought for almost 2000 years, ‘cooked’ in the liver, but circulated around the body from the heart. This startling realisation overturned nearly two millennia of received knowledge, gave birth to modern medicine and scientific method, and spelled a slow death sentence for the ancient art of blood-letting.

This new exhibition, featuring Harvey’s own personal possessions, dissects the great pioneer’s work, how it was received in his lifetime and the legacy of man as important to the development of medicine as Newton was to physics and Darwin to biology.

Presented as part of the Royal College of Physicians 500th anniversary celebrations.

19 January – 26 July 2018

9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday only

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