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Why is Vesalius important in the history of anatomy? In what ways does he continue Galenic anatomical notions? In what way does he depart?

Introduction Vesalius (1514-1564), working in the anatomical renaissance of the sixteenth century, is regarded by medical historians as being the “father of modern anatomy.”[1] Ranked alongside Hippocrates, Galen, and William Harvey, Vesalius is among the greatest physicians and discovers in the history of medicine.[2] Valeria Finucci goes so far as to say that Vesalius’ anatomicalContinue reading “Why is Vesalius important in the history of anatomy? In what ways does he continue Galenic anatomical notions? In what way does he depart?”

Assess the importance of Galen in the history of medicine.

Introduction “With the exception of Aristotle, and the possible exception of Plato, there can be no more historically influential ancient author [than Galen] in matters scientific,” according to P.N Singer.[1] Over the course of his life, he wrote on medicine, logic, philosophy, philology and criticised existing literature.[2] Initially, Galen had been groomed for a philosophicalContinue reading “Assess the importance of Galen in the history of medicine.”

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