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The heart of Leonardo / Francis C. Wells ; foreword by HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales.

  • Wells, F. C.
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About this work


Leonardo's heart studies represent the pinnacle of his anatomical endeavours. They integrate structural form and dynamic function in a way that called upon his extensive experience and knowledge of hydrology, engineering, mathematics and architectural design.In his work on the heart, his use of ingenious diagrams as well as detailed representational drawings is cleverly combined with carefully crafted verbal descriptions of complicated physiological concepts. Some of which, developed through drawing, were so advanced that only now with the advent of accessible technology and advances in modern knowledge of the heart, it is possible to re-interpret his conclusions and reveal how accurate his logical reasoning and pure observation really was. Several of his ideas continue to sit well alongside our modern understanding of cardiac physiology and heart function. This book features all 64 of Leonardo's drawings on the heart and its physiology, accompanied by translations of his accompanying notes.


Heidelberg : Springer, 2013.

Physical description

xxii, 256 pages : color illustrations, facsimiles ; 29 cm


Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • English

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    History of Medicine OO.AL.AA4-5


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  • 9781447145301
  • 1447145305