Blood Circulatory System

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood.”                                                              – Leviticus 17: 11

circulatory-system

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1.  The Bible is reliable in its understanding of the importance of blood to the life of the body – something modern science has only appreciated a few centuries

  • Up until the early 1800’s, science believed that bloodletting was the best way to treat many illnesses.
  • This draining of blood was part of the “humoral system” of medicine
  • It was believed that blood could stagnate in the body (and not circulate as we know it does today) and throw off so-called balances
  • This approach to medicine held sway in much of the ancient world including ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, the Islamic nations, and other regions as well

√ Source: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/redgold/basics/bloodlettinghistory.html
√ Source: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/redgold/basics/bloodletting.html
√ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humorism

2.  Historians believe it was blood letting (through use of leeches) that ultimately took George Washington’s life in 1799

  • George Washington seems to have developed pneumonia while riding his horse
  • His attending physicians drained as much as 4 lbs. of blood from his body – this ultimately caused him to bleed to death
  • They didn’t understand the importance of blood to his health

√ Source: http://www.revolutionarywararchives.org/washdeath.html
√ Source: http://www.diplom.org/manus/Presidents/faq/causes.html

3.  They were without excuse though as William Harvey (physician to both King James I and King Charles I) had discovered in 1616 AD the blood circulatory system and its essential nature to the life of our bodies
√ Source: http://physiologyonline.physiology.org/content/17/5/175.full

4.  Moses under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit had written the words of Leviticus more than 1400 years BC

5.  The Bible is accurate in its understanding of hematology