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How Islam changed medicine: Al-Nafis, Servetus, and Colombo

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 12 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:120
  1. Giles N Cattermole, specialist registrar, emergency medicine (
  1. University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff CF14 4XW

    Editor—Majeed comments that Al-Nafis described the pulmonary circulation more than 300 years before William Harvey.1 Harvey always gets the credit in the West, but I would like to remind readers that Michael Servetus was …

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