Wednesday, June 3, 2009
June 3: Pulse Aids Epochal Discoveries (Vol. 38, pp. 75-86)
Dr. William Harvey died this day in 1657. Here, in his "Motion of the Heart and Blood," he deduced that arteries carry blood through the body. This is dry and scientific writing, but Harvey's discovery is exciting when you consider how little was known in the 17th century about how the body works.