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William Harvey (1578–1657) described the first theory of blood circulation

Press Release - 16 October 2007

Public lecture on the science of blood flow

Local people will be able to learn about the science of how blood flows around the body at a public lecture at the University of Bath next week (7pm, Friday 26 October 2007).

At the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME) annual lecture, Professor John Woodcock from Cardiff University will describe the first theory of blood circulation through to modern day analysis of the flow in major blood vessels.

William Harvey’s first suggested the theory for how the heart and circulatory system operate in the 17th Century. Now technology allows doctors to monitor the flow of blood in the body so they can monitor people at risk from heart disease.

“From the earliest times blood has always been an important symbol, but it was not until the discoveries of William Harvey that there was an understanding that the blood actually circulated around the body,” said Professor Woodcock.

“It was not until the late 1950s that it was possible to demonstrate real-time flow in the peripheral circulation, those parts of the circulatory system away from the main veins and arteries.

“With the increase in computing power now available, it is possible to model flow in the major blood vessels, and around the heart valves, and venous valves.

“Our understanding has developed a great deal, and we now see the peripheral circulation as an active, dynamic, system, rather than just a set of passive tubes.”

The lecture, organised by BIME, which is affiliated to the University's School for Health, will take place at 7pm on Friday 26 October 2007 in lecture theatre 8 West 1.1.

Tickets are free but need to be reserved from Stephanie Marshall on 01225 383 659.

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