Circulation, By Thomas Wright
By setting William Harvey (1578-1657) in social context, Wright has produced an engaging and lively account of this endlessly curious man, who dissected his own father.
We learn how Harvey's great discovery – "I began to bethink my self if the blood might not have a circular motion" – reflected new traffic schemes that eased circulation in London streets,.
Despite his (literally) revolutionary thinking, Harvey was no political radical – he compared a motion from the House of Commons to the House of Lords with acid reflux from the stomach.
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