Andreas Vesalius

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Andreas Vesalius

Andreas Vesalius

Life and Family

Vesalius the Anatomist

Impact in the Renaissance

-wrote book On the Structure of the Human Body; published in 1543-appointed court physician to Charles V of Spain-work represented growth of European anatomical literature in the Renaissance-ancient learning revived

-born in Brussels, Belgium on December 31, 1514-died in Zacynthus, Republic of Venice (Greece) in June, 1564-died from injuries and illness caused by shipwreck during pilgrimage to Holy Land-father was a court apothecary to Charles V of Spainmother came from wealthy family, so Vesalius was raised in a high class family-married and had a daughter

-observed how Greek physician Galen's observations of anatomy ONLY related to animal anatomy (dogs, pigs, and apes)-reitterated use of human dissection so as to more deeply explore human anatomy -ban on it by Catholic Church-dissected human cadavers from Paris cemetaries (sent on pilgrimage of pentinence to Holy Land for dissection against Church)-became lecturer in surgery to give demonstrations for anatomy students

-University of Louvain-University of Paris (learned to dissect animals) -attended both schools for degree in medicine-earned medical degree in 1537 from University of Padua-became very interested in human anatomy-performed dissections at University of Bologna

Work with Anatomy

The title page of Vesalius' book De humani corporis fabrica, or On the Structure of the Human Body

Vesalius' dissection of a human cadaver; he is reaching towards a scalpel and looking at the crucifix on the wall behind him.

Andreas Vesalius is giving an anatomical lecture to medical students at the University of Padua



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