An Interactive Annotated World Bibliography of Printed and Digital Works in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences from Circa 2000 BCE to Circa 2020 by Fielding H. Garrison (1870-1935), Leslie T. Morton (1907-2004), and Jeremy M. Norman (1945- ) Traditionally Known as “Garrison-Morton”

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HARVEY, William

8 entries
  • 759

Exercitatio anatomica de motu cordis et sanguinis in animalibus.

Frankfurt: sumpt. Guilielmi Fitzeri, 1628.

Discovery and experimental proof of the circulation of the blood. Together with Vesalius’s Fabrica (1543), Harvey’s De motu cordus shares the honor as the greatest book in the history of medicine. Since antiquity, ideas about the physiology and pathology of most parts of the body had been based to an important degree on assumptions made about the function of the heart and blood vessels. In fundamentally changing the conception of these functions, Harvey pointed the way to reform of all of physiology and medicine.

Why Harvey chose a European publisher for his book has long provoked speculation— the most plausible conjecture is that Harvey wanted his book published on the Continent so that it would more easily gain international distribution and acceptance. His choice of the Frankfurt publisher William Fitzer seems to have arisen from his long acquaintance with Robert Fludd, whose books were then being published by Fitzer.The physical distance between Harvey and his publisher seems to have precluded Harvey from correcting proofs, as he was compelled to issue an errata leaf with no less than 126 corrections. Since very few copies of De motu cordis include this errata leaf, it has been argued that it was probably added after a large portion of the edition had already been sold. Even so, Harvey's errata list must have been compiled with some haste, as the Latin text edited by Akenside for the College of Physicians in 1766 contains 246 emendations. Fitzer had Harvey's book printed on paper of poor quality, which has deteriorated in virtually all surviving copies. The first edition must have been relatively small since only about 68 copies have survived, nearly all in institutions. Reprinted in facsimile in 1928 (Monumenta medica, Vol. 5, Florence). The Latin text, with an English translation by K. J. Franklin, was published in Oxford, 1957, and a translation with introduction and notes was published by G. Whitteridge in 1976 (Oxford, Blackwell). See also No. 6l.l.  Digital facsimile from The Warnock Library at this link.


  • 10658

Exercitatio anatomica de circulatione sanguinis.

Cambridge, England: Roger Daniel, 1649.

In this work Harvey first described the circulation of blood through the coronary arteries. Harvey also described experiments that he made to provide further support to his theory of the circulation since the publication of De motu cordis in 1628. He was motivated to publish this work to refute the misconceptions of Jean Riolan the younger. published in Riolan's Encheiridium anatomicum (1648). Published simultaneously by Daniel in Cambridge and Arnold Leers in Rotterdam. 

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  • 6146

Exercitationes de generatione animalium.

London: O. Pulleyn, 1651.

Harvey was among the first to disbelieve the erroneous doctrine of the “preformation” of the fetus; he maintained that the organism derives from the ovum by the gradual building up and aggregation of its parts.  The chapter on on labor (“De partu”) in this book is the first work on that subject to be written by an Englishman, and the first original work on obstetrics by an English author. This book also demonstrates Harvey’s intimate knowledge of the existing literature on the embryology. He corrected many of the errors of Fabricius. Harvey considered this to be the culminating work of his life, and more significant than De motu cordis. See The analysis of the Degeneratione animalium of William Harvey by A. W. Meyer, Stanford Univ. Press, 1936. First English translation, London, 1653. New translation, with introduction and notes by G. Whitteridge, Oxford, Blackwell, 1980.


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The works of William Harvey. Translated from the Latin, with a life of the author by Robert Willis.

London: Sydenham Society, 1847.

See Sir Geoffrey Keynes’s Life of William Harvey, Oxford, 1966, (2nd printing, with corrections, 1978) and his Bibliography of the writings of William Harvey, 3rd ed., revised by Gweneth Whitteridge and Christine English, Winchester, St. Paul’s Bibliographies, 1988.

Subjects: BIOGRAPHY (Reference Works) › Autobiography, CARDIOLOGY › CARDIOVASCULAR PHYSIOLOGY, Collected Works: Opera Omnia, EMBRYOLOGY
  • 12401

William Harvey: A history of the discovery of the circulation of the blood. By Robert Willis.

London: C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1878.

Digital facsimile from the Hathi Trust at this link.

Subjects: PHYSIOLOGY › History of Physiology
  • 758

Praelectiones anatomiae universalis.

London: John Churchill, 1886.

Facsimile reproduction with transliteration of Harvey’s manuscript notes for a Lumleian Lecture, 1616. These show that at that date Harvey had already completed his demonstration of the circulation of the blood. English translation with annotations, Berkeley, 1961. Edited, with an introduction, translation, and notes by G. Whitteridge, Edinburgh, 1964.

  • 12400

Harvey, iniciador del método experimental.

Mexico: Ediciones ciencia, 1936.

First edition in Spanish of De motu cordis as well as a facsimile of the first edition. "Contains an important historical review of the circulation with particular reference to Servetus and to the Spanish reception of Harvey and a full bibliography of early Spanish literature on the circulation (pp. 1-124)" (Bedford 100).

Subjects: PHYSIOLOGY › History of Physiology
  • 11198

A bibliography of the writings of Dr. William Harvey 1578-1657. Third edition, revised by Gweneth Whitteridge and Christine English.

Winchester, Hampshire, England: St. Paul's Bibliographies & San Francisco, CA: Norman Publishing, 1989.

This is the definitive edition of a bibliography originated by Sir Geoffrey Keynes. It contains a new introduction by Whitteridge, taking account of then-recent research, particularly on Harvey’s manuscript works. Editions of Harvey’s works published since the second edition of the bibliography issued in 1953 were added, the details of locations of copies were updated, and the census of copies of the first edition of De motu cordis was revised. Norman Publishing was the co-publisher of this title.

Subjects: BIBLIOGRAPHY › Bibliographies of Individual Authors, CARDIOLOGY › History of Cardiology, PHYSIOLOGY › History of Physiology, WOMEN, Publications by › Years 1900 - 1999