Andreas Vesalius

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Date of Birth: 12/31/1514

Age: 49

Place of birth: Brussels

Citizenship: Italy


Vesalius, Andreas (Vesalius, Andreas) (1514-1564), an Italian scientist. Born December 31, 1514 (or January 1, 1515) in Brussels (Belgium). He studied medicine in Brussels, Louvain and Paris. In 1537 he received the degree of Bachelor of Medicine in Louvain, in the same year - the degree of Doctor of Medicine in Padua. Since 1539 - Professor of the University of Padua.

The main scientific works are devoted to human anatomy Vesalius. In 1538 the scientist published Anatomical table - six sheets of engravings made by Stephen Van Kalckar, disciple of Tiziano Vecellio. They Vesalius clarified and enlarged anatomical terminology, illustrated the new data on the structure of the human body. Convinced that many anatomical texts of Galen, the famous Roman physician (c. 130-200 BC), based on the results of animal dissections, and therefore do not reflect the specificity of the human anatomy, Vesalius reshilpredprinyat experimental studies of the human body. The result was a treatise on the structure of the human body (De humani corporis fabrica, 1543).

In 1543 Vesalius became court physician to the Holy Roman Emperor Carlos V, he has acquired an extensive private practice and high reputation. After the abdication of Charles V in 1556 entered the service of his son Philip II, King of Spain. After his death in 1562 Fallopio Gabriele, who held the chair of anatomy in Padua, Vesalius agreed to return to research. Under the pretext of illness and the desire to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land has permission to leave. In May 1564 Vesalius obtained his old chair, and before the start of the new semester on a journey to Jerusalem. On the way back to the ship, which was sailing Vesalius shipwreck was washed up on o.Zakinf. Vesalius died on o.Zakinf in June 1564.