Harveys description of action of the heart so in all

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Harvey’s description of action of the heart: “So in all likelihood it comes to pass in the body, that all the parts are nourished, cherished, and quickened with blood, which is warm, perfect, vaporous, full of spirit, and ... alimentative: in the parts the blood is refrigerated, coagulated, and made as it were barren, from thence it returns to the heart, as to the fountain or dwelling-house of the body, to recover its perfection, and there again by natural heat, powerful, and vehement, it is melted, and is dispensed again through the body from thence, being fraught with spirits, as with balsam, and that all the things do depend upon the motional pulsation of the heart: The heart is the beginning of life, the Sun of the Microcosm, as proportionally the Sun deserves to be called the heart of the world, by whose virtue, and pulsation, the blood is moved perfected, made vegetable, and is defended from corruption, and coagulation; it is the household divinity which, discharging its function, nourishes, cherishes, quickens the whole body, and is indeed the foundation of life, the source of all action.” [From the 1653 translation of William Harvey, On the Motion of the Heart ].
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“These three have in themselves the force and power of all perishable things. In them lie hidden the mineral, day, night, heat, cold, the stone, the fruit, and everything else, even while it is not yet formed. It is even as with wood which is thrown away and is only wood, yet in it are hidden all forms of animals, plants, of instruments, which anyone who can carve what otherwise would be useless, invents and produces.” (Paracelsus, on the 3 elements: sulfur, salt and mercury)
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