• Vol. 28 No. 1, 1–2
  • 15 January 1999

The Philosophical Basis of the Experimental Method



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The application of the experimental approach to Science and Medicine has its roots in the 16th century. William Harvey (1578-1657), who demonstrated the passage of blood through the veins unidirectionally towards the heart as evidence for circulation of blood, was generally credited as one of the earliest physicians who applied the method of studying nature by direct observation and experiment.

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