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Did Harvey contribute the most to medical knowledge in the Renaissance period?

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Did Harvey contribute the most to medical knowledge in the Renaissance period? In my opinion William Harvey did contribute the most to medical knowledge in the Renaissance period. I believe this for many reasons; William Harvey actually put all of the pieces (previous known knowledge about the Circuitry system) together and looked at the whole picture, and discovered correctly how it worked. There four main doctors who contributed most to medical knowledge, these are Vesalius, Columbo, Frabricius and Harvey. All of these men studied at the University in Peadua, Italy, this at the time was the greatest medical centre in the world. Three of who became professor of Anatomy and succeeded each other, and become very successful, Harvey was actually youngest of these men. Vesalius contribute to medical knowledge was the fact about there being no holes in the Septum, which Galen had said there were holes. Galen's work was the most influential material at that time, no doctor disagreed with it usually in fear of the church but Vesalius was the first to disagree with Galen. This did pave the way for other doctors such as Columbo and Harvey to express their views and give them the courage to go against tradition. ...read more.

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Harvey dissected humans and cold-blooded animals, cold-blooded animals hearts moves much slower than a humans, which move too fast so Harvey could not see the valves moves or how the heart muscles moved. With the cold blood animals such as frogs he carefully watched numerous times and drew pictures and compared it to the human heart. Now Harvey could see exactly how muscles of the heart moved, with these experiments it gave Harvey more medical knowledge about the heart than any other person at that time. Harvey carried out other tests such as pushing thin rods down the veins, he found that the blood built up behind the rod, and did not go back to where it came from. This proved that the blood flowed in one way, no one had actually discovered much about the movement of blood before; Harvey had now undeniable proof that the blood flowed in one direction. Carrying on from Frabricius's discovery of the valves, Harvey decided to experiment on them, he tried moving liquids past them, but to no avail, the valves were stopping them: "He tried to pump liquids past the veins but he could not do so" (Medicine and Health through time by Ian Dawson and Ian Coulson) ...read more.

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Harvey also published a book, which sold many copies; inside it had detailed drawings allowing the reader to understand how he got to that conclusion. Out of the medical knowledge contributors, Harvey found the most evidence to his discoveries, he didn't only discover things such as there were no holes in the septum but he actually found out why they did what they did. Harvey added all of the previous information together and with his own made new discoveries, which are accepted today. He also managed to stop treatments such as bleeding which he proved actually did not help in most cases, Harvey was very open to new suggestions as well, such as Pare'a Ligatures, which he used. Evan if Vesalius had not first went against the church and Galen, because of Harvey's strong character and belief in himself he would still would have spoken out. Though Harvey could never experiment on live humans or normal dead humans (non criminals), they were the same inside as any other person so it didn't actually matter. The sheer mass of what Harvey found is far greater than any other contributor to medical knowledge in the Renaissance period. ...read more.

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