Choose one of the following ideas and start a discussion thread giving your thoughts on the subject. Word count should be at least 150. Respond to two other students posts with replies of at least 40 words each.
1. Contrast Raphael’s portrait of Baldassare Castiglione (Fig. 13.31) to Holbein’s Henry VIII in Wedding Dress (Fig. 14.2). What characteristics make each of these works typical of their time and place?
2. Write a synopsis of Hamlet that has either Ophelia or Gertrude as the main character.
3. Investigate the scientific contribution made by Copernicus, Napier, Gilbert, or Harvey and describe it. (choose 1)
Ronald Clark posted Sep 22, 2019 2:59 PM
William Harvey lived from 1578 to 1657. Harvey was born into a wealthy family. He benefited from privilege and attended elite schools of that time. In 1593, at the age of 15, Harvey enrolled at the University of Cambridge as a medical student. At the age of 21, in 1599, Harvey enrolled at the University of Padua and graduated in 1602 as a Doctor of Medicine.
William Harvey became known as the best physician in London after joining the College of Physicians in 1604. Harvey was physician to King James in 1618 and King Charles in 1632.
In 1628 at age 50, William Harvey published his book, Anatomical Studies on the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals. He performed his own observations and tests on living animals using dissection. He would open the vessels and veins on living animals in order to observe the circulatory system and how it functioned. He became the first person to accurately describe how the heart functioned and the flow of blood throughout the body.
Today, we would cringe at his techniques for discovering how the heart and circulatory system worked. However, without his research we may never have known how our blood flows, how it is oxygenated, and returned to the body. Yesterdays gruesome techniques led to today’s life saving opportunities.
Hannah Clinton posted Sep 22, 2019 7:11 PM
During the Renaissance there was a significant change in science. William Harvey was the first person to discover how the blood could circulate. Harvey helped discover this by dissecting on animals. He would open the veins and vessels to see the circulatory system. It was originally believed that the heart heated the blood. Harvey made a guess, of the unknown about the blood returning from the arteries to veins, that it was done through tiny vessels that can not be seen, which are what we know them as capillaries. For this discovery, Harvey had to study the movement of the heart. He showed how the heart filled with blood and would contract, which during so the blood would exit. This causes the arteries to expand and fill with blood which is your pulse. Without the knowledge of William Harvey and his open mind this would not have been discovered. During this time period, scientist were not particularly very open to new theories or ideas.