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AbstractFor centuries Anatolia and Mesopotamia were homeland to different civilizations. Remarkable contributors to medicine lived in the Islamic Golden Age but most of the treatises couldn’t have been translated to Latin until the beginning of the Renaissance. One of these important scholars in anatomy and physiology was Ibn al-Nafis whose contribution was the description of pulmonary circulation. Studies on heart and anatomy of circulation were started in 500 BC with observations of Alcmaeon of Croton about the arteries and veins and comcluded by Marcello Malpighi after his observations on capillaries connecting arteries and veins in the lung. In this article studies of Ibn al-Nafis and his role in discovery of blood circulation are discussed.