William Harvey (1 April 1578 – 3 June 1657) was an English physician. He was the first to describe completely and in detail the systemic circulation and properties of blood being pumped to the brain and body by the heart, though earlier writers had provided precursors of the theory. After his death the William Harvey Hospital was constructed in the town of Ashford, several miles from his birthplace of Folkestone.
William Harvey, Dr. of Physic, Bachelor, 26, of St. Martin's Ludgate, and Elizabeth Browne, Maiden, 24, of St. Sepulchre's, daughter of Lancelot Browne of same, Dr. of Physic, who consents; consent also of Thomas Harvey, one of the Jurats of the town of Folston, in Kent, father of said William. At St. Sepulchre, Newgate. 24-11-1604.
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