The Greeks thought that the heart was like a furnace: blood was burned and
purified on one side of the organ, then passed through a dividing wall the
other side and into the rest of the body. This scheme was not fully
overthrown until the seventeenth century physician Wm. Harvey had published
his revolutionary work on the circulation of the blood. Dr. Miller
explores the subject with visits to the famous anatomy theater in Padua,
and with experiments on himself to illustrate how blood pressure works.
The program ends with open heart surgery to correct a defective valve, an
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"Professor Kelso had no qualms in throwing me into stuff thatís usually done for senior research," White says. "It was an opportunity that was instrumental to my success as a student and a pivotal moment in my life." [ more ]