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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 42-50

Venous circulation and William Harvey: A historical review


Emeritus Chancellor, Australasian College of Phlebology, Melbourne, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Kenneth Myers
Australasian College of Phlebology, 9 Bowen St., 3121, Melbourne
Australia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/VIT.VIT_11_19

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Greco–Roman concepts regarding the circulation persisted until the 1600s even though many were incorrect. It was held that blood flows in veins from the liver to the periphery where it is consumed. It was not until the 1500s that anatomists identified venous valves and explored their function. This, in part, allowed William Harvey to describe the circulation as we know it today. This study included review of the literature and translations of William Harvey's books including De Motu Co]rdis which were published in 1628. Harvey's description of the venous circulation started the intense exploration of venous physiology that continues today. The resultant concepts of venous reflux associated with varicose disease have allowed practitioners to develop contemporary management.


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