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November 1929

William Harvey.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1929;44(5):785. doi:10.1001/archinte.1929.00140050162016

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This small volume of 100 pages is presented as a sketch of the life of William Harvey. In an age when the demand for condensation and selection is insistent and full biographies are not apt to be generally read, particularly by medical students and practitioners, a volume of this character meets an actual need. While Harvey and his work are, of course, inseparable, the author deals not so much with the evolution of his scientific achievements as with the sort of man Harvey was. His early training, contemporary influences and historical setting are delightfully depicted. One sees the master going about his daily work absorbed in his thoughts on the physiology of the circulation and exhibiting certain amusing idiosyncrasies in behavior, but by no means insensitive to the movement of life about him. One gathers the impression that while he was conscious of the importance of his own contribution to

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