from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Vesalius, Andreas 1514-1564. Flemish anatomist and surgeon who is considered the founder of modern anatomy. His major work, On the Structure of the Human Body (1543), was based on meticulous dissection of cadavers.

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  • n. a Flemish surgeon who is considered the father of modern anatomy (1514-1564)


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  • In Roth's life of Vesalius, which is usually considered one of our most authoritative medical historical works not only with regard to the details of Vesalius 'life, but also in all that concerns anatomy about that time and for some centuries before, there is a passage quoted from

    Old-Time Makers of Medicine The Story of The Students And Teachers of the Sciences Related to Medicine During the Middle Ages

  • He has lifted figures directly from Masaccio, and his works suggest Arcimboldo 's phantasmagorical heads and the flayed bodies of Andreas Vesalius' s 16th-century tome on human anatomy.

    Prospecting Some Personal Landscapes

  • Frustrated with these ad hoc dissections, Vesalius decided to create his own anatomical map.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • “Aside from the eight muscles of the abdomen, badly mangled and in the wrong order, no one had ever shown a muscle to me, nor any bone, much less the succession of nerves, veins, and arteries,” Vesalius wrote in a letter.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • The gibbet and the graveyard—the convenience stores for the medieval anatomist—yielded specimen after specimen for Vesalius, and he compulsively raided them, often returning twice a day to cut pieces dangling from the chains and smuggle them off to his dissection chamber.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Like Vesalius, Baillie drew anatomy and cancer the way he actually saw it.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Since the time of Vesalius, surgery had been immersed in the study of natural anatomy.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Vesalius was the first to identify it and draw it into human anatomy.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • But, an empiricist to the core, Vesalius left his drawings just as he saw things, leaving others to draw their own conclusions.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • In the winter of 1533, a nineteen-year-old student from Brussels, Andreas Vesalius, arrived at the University of Paris hoping to learn Galenic anatomy and pathology and to start a practice in surgery.

    The Emperor of All Maladies


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