Ceaseless motion: William Harvey’s experiments in circulation
Working from his London home in the midst of the 17th century, William Harvey, doctor and anatomist, changed the way we view life itself.
Harvey’s experiments, his observations of the beating hearts of animals and dissections of hanged men, revealed a revolutionary new truth.
Blood was not, as had been thought for almost 2000 years, ‘cooked’ in the liver, but circulated around the body from the heart. This startling realisation overturned nearly two millennia of received knowledge, gave birth to modern medicine and scientific method, and spelled a slow death sentence for the ancient art of blood-letting.
This new exhibition, featuring Harvey’s own personal possessions, dissects the great pioneer’s work, how it was received in his lifetime and the legacy of man as important to the development of medicine as Newton was to physics and Darwin to biology.
Presented as part of the Royal College of Physicians 500th anniversary celebrations.
19 January – 26 July 2018
9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday only
Please see website for details of late openings, special events and additional closure days
Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrew’s Place, Regent’s Park, London, London NW1 4LE
Thu 8 Feb 2018 to Fri 6 Apr 2018