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Harvey and the Circulation of Blood


Use the X-ray of a healthy heart, magnified blood smear, and Chart of the Circulatory System to capture class interest with these hands-on documents. Use the Broadsheets to introduce William Harvey, his work, and the world of 17th-century science. Students should know that Harvey’s original presentation on the circulation of blood is still used today. Historians: Jonathan Miller and Gerald Leach. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:

  • Early Ideas on the Circulation
  • Harvey on the Circulation
  • Scientific Ideas in the 17th Century
  • Harvey’s Life
  • The Heart and Circulation As We Know Them Today
Historical Documents
  • Portrait of William Harvey.
  • Pages from Aubrey’s Brief Lives.
  • Pages from Coriolanus.
  • Page from Vesalius: De Humani Corporis Fabrica.
  • Part of Harvey’s medical diploma.
  • Pages from first Latin edition of Harvey’s De Motu Cordis.
  • Pages from first English edition of De Motu Cordis.
  • Chart of the circulation and magnified smear of blood.
  • X-ray of a healthy heart.
  • Electrocardiograms.
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities

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