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How the heart actually pumps blood - Edmond Hui

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For most of history, scientists weren’t quite sure why our hearts were beating or even what purpose they served. Eventually, we realized that these thumping organs serve the vital task of pumping clean blood throughout the body. But how? Edmond Hui investigates how it all works by taking a closer look at the heart’s highly efficient ventricle system.

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  • Educator Edmond Hui
  • Animator Anton Bogaty
  • Script Editor Emma Bryce
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
Additional Resources for you to Explore
The technique of demonstrating the pumping mechanism of the heart was first shown in public in this TEDx Talk.
The detailed scientific description of the technique was published in the European journal, Science in School.
There is a beautiful app from Touch Press by Martin Clayton on Leonardo Da Vinci’s anatomical studies, explaining the difficulties he had trying to understand the heart.
This book by Thomas Wright describes the discovery of circulation by William Harvey, a hundred years after Leonardo Da Vinci. Harvey was also the first to prove that the heart is a pump, but he did it by lethal and gory demonstrations on live dogs. Many animals would have been saved if he had discovered this technique!

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  • Narrator Addison Anderson