Vesalius



Andreas
[ahn-dre-ahs] /ɑnˈdrɛ ɑs/ (Show IPA), 1514–64, Flemish anatomist.
Historical Examples

Vesalius first gave a complete description of the human body, with designs which, at the time, were ascribed to Titian.
Introduction to the Literature of Europe in the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries, Vol. 1 Henry Hallam

I read the Anatomy of Vesalius, and the books you bought for me.
Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn

He was a defender of Galen rather than an opponent, and sought to shelter his reputation from the attacks of Vesalius.
An Epitome of the History of Medicine Roswell Park

Vesalius was persecuted, but not by the ecclesiastical authorities.
Catholic Churchmen in Science James J. Walsh

He had read with Hobbes the writings of Vesalius, the great founder of modern practical anatomy.
Essays on Mankind and Political Arithmetic William Petty

Now, Columbus was a contemporary of Vesalius, and worked with him at Bologna.
The Popes and Science James J. Walsh

Still other encroachments upon the theological view were made by the new school of anatomists, and especially by Vesalius.
History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom Andrew Dickson White

Vesalius’s successor, Columbus, did not have to do any such thing.
The Popes and Science James J. Walsh

I would be the last one in the world to wish to minimize in any way Vesalius’s merits.
The Popes and Science James J. Walsh

He had been Vesalius’s assistant at Padua and later his successor.
The Popes and Science James J. Walsh

noun
Andreas (anˈdreːas). 1514–64, Flemish anatomist, whose De Humani Corporis fabrica (1543) formed the basis of modern anatomical research and medicine

Vesalius Ve·sa·li·us (vĭ-sā’lē-əs, -zā’-), Andreas. 1514-1564.

Flemish anatomist and surgeon who is considered the founder of modern anatomy and who wrote On the Structure of the Human Body (1543).
Vesalius
(vĭ-sā’lē-əs)
Flemish anatomist and surgeon who is considered the father of modern anatomy. His rigorous descriptions of the structure of the human body, based on his own personal dissections of cadavers, established a new level of clarity and accuracy in the study of human anatomy.

Our Living Language : After receiving his medical degree in 1537, Andreas Vesalius began lecturing on surgery and anatomy at the University of Padua. To further his knowledge, he personally dissected cadavers, a task that others in his position would have delegated to an assistant. Through this work Vesalius became convinced that the anatomical theories of the Greek physician Galen, whose ideas had been accepted as authoritative for more than 1,000 years, were not correct. Although Vesalius had begun his career as a Galenist, his hands-on experience led him to believe that Galen’s descriptions of the human body were based on dissections of pigs, dogs, and other animals rather than humans, a procedure that was prohibited during Galen’s time. Vesalius compared Galen’s anatomical texts with his own observations made during dissections. After five years spent compiling his findings, in 1543 he published De humani corporis fabrica (On the Structure of the Human Body), which was the most accurate and comprehensive anatomy textbook to date and included artists’ engravings based on Vesalius’s own drawings. By relying on careful observation instead of received wisdom, Vesalius transformed the field of anatomy, as well as medicine and biology.

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