Kenneth Franklin has capped the keystone of his careers as an investigator of the circulation and as a devotee of William Harvey by a splendid, short, new, biographical study entitled William Harvey: Englishman. Professor Franklin had made a distinguished new translation of "De Motu Cordis" in time for the tricentenary of Harvey's death celebrated in 1957. Generations of British medical scholars have been taxed sorely to uncover new thoughts or new facts about William Harvey when the time for the annual Harveian oration comes around and some distinguished physician scurries about for subject matter for the oration, knowing that the long roll of past orations serves as a stark benchmark for comparison.
This book begins with a discussion of various historical ideas about the blood, heart, lungs, and vessels which prevailed with varying degrees of inaccuracy and confusion until Harvey set the matter right. The latter-day claims by proponents of