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Galenicae Quaestiones Disputatae Duae: rete mirabile and pulmonary circulation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11618768     Owner:  HMD     Status:  MEDLINE    
The author discusses two points of Galenic medicine that have long interested medical historians: why did Galen describe a non-existent arterial rete mirabile at the base of the human brain and was Galen the first to discover the pulmonary circulation. After reviewing the evidence, it is concluded that Galen mistook the venous rete mirabile at the base of the human brain for an arterial one and that he indeed described the passage of blood from the right to the left ventricle although he did not discover the pulmonary circulation.
P Prioreschi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Vesalius : acta internationales historiae medicinae     Volume:  2     ISSN:  1373-4857     ISO Abbreviation:  Vesalius     Publication Date:  1996 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-03-26     Completed Date:  1997-03-26     Revised Date:  2013-02-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9517855     Medline TA:  Vesalius     Country:  BELGIUM    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  67-78     Citation Subset:  Q    
Creighton University, School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology, Division of History of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska 68178-0001, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Circulation*
History, Ancient
Roman World
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