Andreas Vesalius

early anatomist

Andreas Vesalius (31 December 1514 – 15 October 1564) was a 16th century Flemish Renaissance physician and anatomist who published a massive groundbreaking textbook of human anatomy, entitled De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body).

Vesalius

QuotesEdit

 
By not first explaining the bones, anatomists delay the inexperienced student.


De FabricaEdit

  • I strive that in public dissection the students do as much as possible.
    • O'Malley, p. 144
  • By not first explaining the bones, anatomists delay the inexperienced student and, because of the difficulty of the subject, deter him from a very worthy examination of the works of God.
    • O'Malley, p. 150
  • Passing over the other arts in silence, I shall speak briefly of that which concerns the health of mankind; indeed, of all the arts the genius of man has discovered it is by far the most beneficial and of prime necessity, although difficult and laborious.
    • O'Malley, p. 317
  • In our age nothing has been so degraded and then wholly restored as anatomy.
    • O'Mally, p. 320
  • I have done my best to this single end, to aid as many as possible in a very recondite as well as laborious matter, and truly and completely to describe the structure of the human body which is formed not of ten or twelve parts-- as it may seem to the spectator-- but of some thousands of different parts.
    • O'Mally, p. 323
  • ...but also perhaps you sometimes delight in consideration of the most perfectly constructed of all creatures, and take delight in considering the temporary lodging and instrument of the immortal soul, a dwelling that in many respects corresponds to the universe and for that reason was called the little universe [microcosmos] by the ancients.
    • O'Malley, p. 324
 
In our age nothing has been so degraded and then wholly restored as anatomy.

Letter on the China RootEdit

  • I am not accustomed to saying anything with certainty after only one or two observations.
    • O'Malley, p. 201
  • I could have done nothing more worthwhile than to give a new description of the whole human body, of which nobody understood the anatomy, while Galen, despite his extensive writings, has offered very little on the subject.
    • O'Malley, p. 222

SourcesEdit

O'Malley, Charles Donald (1964). Andreas Vesalius of Brussels 1514-1564. University of California Press.

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