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July 1962

William Harvey: Englishman

Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(1):136. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620190138030

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Kenneth Franklin has capped the keystone of his careers as an investigator of the circulation on the one side and as a devotee of William Harvey on the other by a splendid short new biographical study entitled William Harvey: Englishman. Professor Franklin had made a distinguished new translation of "De Motu Cordis" in time to celebrate the tricentenary of Harvey's death in 1957. Generations of British medical scholars have been taxed sorely to uncover new thoughts or new facts about William Harvey when the time of the annual Harveian oration comes around and some distinguished physician scurries about for subject matter, knowing that the long roll of many past orations serves as a stark benchmark for comparison.

This book begins with a discussion of various historical ideas about the blood, the heart, the lungs, and the vessels which prevailed with varying degrees of inaccuracies and confusion until Harvey set the

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