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William Harvey was born in Folkestone in 1578 then after earning a degree at cambridge at the age of 20 he travelled to italy to study medicine at the university of padua. That was the center for western europian medical studies at that time. He graduated with honors in 1602 and returned to england wher he became a practicing doctor. Havey was fasinated by the way the blood flowed through the body. Most people at that time believed that food was converted into blood by the liver, then consumed as fuel by the body. Harvey knew this was untrue through his first hand observations of human and animal bodies. In 1628 he published a book about the study of the motion of the heart and of the blood in animals this book explained how blood was pumped from the heart throughout the body, then recirculated. this book was very controversial at that time and harvey lost many of his patients and friends, but this soon became the basis for all modern reserch on the subject of the heart and blood vessels. After all this he was at last recognized as a medical leader in his day. harvey was later appointed doctor to king charles1 of england. He died in 1657.

Address: Leas cliff gardens, Folkestone kent.
Directions: Next to the clifton hotel.

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  • Updated Jan 13, 2006
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