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William Harvey (1578–1657)


John Hunter (1728–93)


William Harvey Line engraving W von Bemmel 4039i Wellcome Library


Harvey was an English physician who proposed evidence for the circulation of blood, as published in Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus (An Anatomical Exercise on the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals).


Hippocrates (c.460–c.380 BCE)


John Hunter Oil After Joshua Reynolds 45666i Wellcome Library


Like his brother William Hunter, John Hunter was a surgeon and investigator of animal life. He carried out many important and diverse studies in comparative biology, anatomy, physiology and pathology, and is con- sidered the founder of pathological anatomy in Britain.


William Hunter (1718–93)


Facsimile of bust of Hippocrates in the British Museum L0005203 Wellcome Images


Hippocrates is known as the great ancient Greek physician. He is credited with laying the foundations of medicine as a science and known for his con- tributions to patients’ rights and the moral and professional obligations of physicians (still enshrined in the Hippocratic oath).


William Hunter Oil on canvas 45684i Wellcome Library


William Hunter was a Scottish anatomist, physiologist, botanist and antiquarian. He introduced Britain to the French practice of providing individual medical students with cadavers for dissection and worked to establish obstetrics as an accepted branch of medicine.


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