Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: pulmonary veins

  • Michael Servetus (ca. 1511–1553)

    Michael Servetus is remembered for being burned at the stake for heresy and for making important observations on the pulmonary circulation. In his Christianismi Restitutio, a theological treatise that touched on medicine, he postulated that blood in the body was divided into different segments (which he called God-ordained spirits): one in the arteries, one in…