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William Harvey and the primacy of the blood

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William Harvey's theoretical commitment to the primacy of the blood developed from his study of the chick in the hen's egg. Harvey's original contribution, that the blood was the first material embodiment of the soul, is shown to be a crucial departure that enabled him to conceive of the general circulation of the blood.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: c/o Division of the History and Philosophy of Science, The University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, U.K.

Publication date: 1986-05-01

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