William Harvey Facts

William Harvey Facts
William Harvey (April 1, 1578 to June 3, 1657) was an English physician. He was the first to describe in detail the circulatory system.
Interesting William Harvey Facts:
William Harvey was born in Folkestone, England, where his father was a judge who served the office of mayor.
William Harvey entered King's School in 1585.
He transferred to Gonville and Caius College in 1593.
In 1597 he earned his BA from Caius College.
In 1599 he began to study medicine at the University of Padua in Italy.
Harvey earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Padua on April 25, 1602.
He returned to England and earned a second MD from the Cambridge University.
In 1604 he joined the College of Physicians.
On October 14, 1609 he was promoted to Physician in Charge at St Bartholomew's Hospital.
He accepted the position of Lumleian lecturer in 1615.
He would give lectures on anatomy throughout England for a period of seven years.
In April 1616 he started the lecture series and his notes are preserved in the British Museum.
While serving at St Bartholomew's and as Lumleian lecturer he became Physician Extraordinary to King James I in 1618.
In 1628 he published De Motu Cordis (On the Motion of the Heart and Blood) which described blood circulation.
The book was published in Frankfurt, Germany because Harvey knew it would gain wide distribution.
Harvey's theories of blood circulation drew considerable criticism in the medical community.
Harvey was skeptical of allegations of witchcraft and in 1634 he was an examiner of four women accused of it.
Thanks to his report, all were acquitted of the charges.
From 1630 to 1632 he traveled Europe with the Duke of Lennox.
In 1642 he was made Doctor of Physic and in 1645 became Warden of Merton College.
In 1651 he published Exercitationes de generatione animalium in which he made the first strong statement against spontaneous generation.
He stated that all life comes from an egg or ovum.
Harvey made observations important to the future of embryology.
He died in 1657 of an apparent stroke.


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