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EARLY LIFE/NATIONALITY-He was born on 31 December 1514 in Brussels, Belgium, which was then part of the Holy Roman Empire.-He was an anatomist and a physician and eventually made precise illustrations of the human body-As a student, he stole the body of an executed criminal from a scaffold, taking it home to study the amazing structure of the body.

Scientific discoveries & accomplishments -He demonstrated that men and women have the same number of ribs-his visual representation of the muscles was found to be very accurate.-laid down a solid understanding of human anatomy for all medical practice

Scientific discoveries & accomplishments -De Humani Corporis Fabrica' contains discussions and illustrations of the structure, function and pathology of the human body.-over 200 anatomical illustrations of the muscles, nervous system, blood vessels, viscera and skeleton.- illustrations portray the human body in progressive stages of dissection-He ousted some assumptions of ancient Greeks philosopher Galen who dissected apes

Relationship to the church or other secular authorities-Church was against dissections but there was not really any significant charges against him -A rumour said that Vesalius had dissected a man whose heart was still beating, and was therefore accused of murder by the family of the deceased. - Philip II saved him from the death penalty, and Vesalius had to undertake a pilgrimage to Jerusalem as his penance


Effects on his intellectual discoveries on European society-Vesalius angered some conservative physicians and church clergy because his views refuted Galen’s findings on the human anatomy and was often accused of being an atheist-Galen of Pergamon (AD 130-200) had been the undisputed expert for many years on the human anatomy, even though he had not been allowed to dissect any human cadavers-Fortunately, he was protected by King Philip II from being severely punished for his work.-His work was viewed as brilliant by many scientists, although he was still criticized during that era for doing things like cutting up cadavers

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“I will pass over the other arts in silence and direct my words for a while to that which is responsible for the health of mankind; certainly of all the arts that human genius has discovered, this is by far the most useful, indispensible, difficult, and laborious.”“I am not accustomed to saying anything with certainty after only one or two observations.”

How the scientist uses or doesn't use the scientific methodVesalius did use the scientific method in that his work provided the first accurate description of the internal structures and how the human body worked. He also played an important role in the revival of the use of the scientific method for studying the human anatomy. He differed from Galen in that he was the first scientist to actually study and dissect human cadavers rather than animal cadavers.

'De Humani Corporis Fabrica': The Fabric of the Human Body


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