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Felts JH. Richard Lower: Anatomist and Physiologist. Ann Intern Med. 2000;132:420-423. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-132-5-200003070-00023
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(5):420-423.
The cardiovascular research of William Harvey (1578-1657), based on what he “could discover [of] the function and offices of the heart's movement in animals through the use of my own eyes,” and summarized in De Motu Cordis (1628), marked the birth of modern circulatory physiology and made him one of the truly great physicians in medical history (1-3). Harvey's school of Oxford physiology, dismissed by the English Civil War (1642-1657), was revived in the last years of the Commonwealth under the leadership of Robert Boyle (1627-1691) and Thomas Willis (1621-1675) and attracted many hard-working and productive students whose works are still insufficiently appreciated (3-5). One of the most versatile and resourceful of them was Richard Lower (1632-1691) (Table[3-6]).
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