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August 16, 1952

Leonardo da Vinci on Movement of the Heart and Blood

JAMA. 1952;149(16):1512. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930330080033

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Abstract

Any work about Leonardo da Vinci, the almost fabulous man of science, should intrigue the intelligent reader and stimulate his curiosity. On reading this book, one will have renewed admiration for the genius of Leonardo and will be grateful for the skillful manner in which the author guides the reader through the maze of Leonardo's anatomic work.

The author sketches Leonardo's importance as an artist, a physicist, and an engineer but does not attempt to describe all of Leonardo's achievements in the field of anatomy. He confines his attention to Leonardo's anatomic work on the heart and blood vessels, pointing out his mistakes as well as his achievements. Leonardo, an accurate observer in most instances, was, however, so steeped in the anatomic teachings of Galen and Avicenna that he described septal pores in the heart and represented the right pulmonary veins as entering the right auricle. On the other hand,

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