The Life of Andreas Vesalius

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  • Dec 31, 1514

    Andreas Vesalius is born.

    Andreas Vesalius is born.
    Vesalius was born to a family of physicians in Brussels, Belgium. His mother is Isabella Crabbe and his father is Andries Van Wesele. The real name that he was born with was André Wesele Crabbe. His father and grandfather both served as physicians for the Holy Roman Emperor.
  • Jan 1, 1537

    He receives his doctorate.

    He receives his doctorate.
    After returning to Louvain, he earns his bachelor's degree in medicine. His professors were Leonard Willemaers, Arnold Noots, and Joannes Armenterianus. He then came to the University of Pradua. After getting his doctorate in medicine, he becomes a professor on Anatomy and Surgery.
  • Jan 1, 1537

    He publishes his first book.

    He publishes his first book.
    Vesalius publishes "A Paraphrase of the Ninth Book of Rhazes", which translated and summarized another book written by Rhazes or al-Rasi, who was a physician in the 10th century. Vesalius worked to translate some of the old Arabic terms to Latin terms.
  • Jan 1, 1539

    A Paduan judge becomes interested in his work.

    A Paduan judge becomes interested in his work.
    The Paduan judge provided bodies of executed criminals for Vesalius to dissect because the judge became interested in his work. Vesalius started performing public dissections to show that we should preperly examine how a person's body looks like, including the inner organs. Another scientist known as Galen (see left) dissected animals and only used that to describe human bodies. Vesalius' ideas "overcame" Galen's ideas on anatomy.
  • Jan 1, 1539

    He publishes an essay concerning "bloodletting".

    He publishes an essay concerning "bloodletting".
    This essay is known as the "Venesection Letter". Venesection is another word for bloodletting, a treatment that required "letting blood out". The essay described the veins that drew blood from the side of the torso, thich led to William Harvey's discovery of blood circulating through the body.
  • Jan 1, 1541

    "The Opera Galeni"

    "The Opera Galeni"
    Vesalius publishes "The Opera Galeni", which revises the works of Galen. Galen was a Greek physician and although he was interested in human anatomy, there was a Roman law forbidding the dissection of humans, so he could only dissect pigs and primates and assume the human organ systems. The image on the left is a book today that reproduced one of Galen's works.
  • Jan 1, 1543

    He publishes "De Humani Corporis Fabrica".

    He publishes "De Humani Corporis Fabrica".
  • Jan 1, 1543

    He becomes a physician for Charles V.

    He becomes a physician for Charles V.
    Vesalius later serves Philip II, who is Charles V's son. He serves him until his death. His job was to act as a military surgeon.
  • Jan 1, 1543

    "De Humani Corporis Fabrica Epitome" is published.

    "De Humani Corporis Fabrica Epitome" is published.
    He published "De Humani Corporis Fabrica Epitome" or simply the "Epitome" specifically for anatomy students. It has scientifically accurate and superb illustrations of the human body and the internal organ systems. Interestingly, as you flip through the book, the illustrations show the process of dissection. The first page shows the body whole and the next pages, with the skin and muscles removed and so on until the the illustration becomes only a skeleton.
  • Jun 13, 1546

    "Epistola on the China Root"

    "Epistola on the China Root"
    Epistola on the China Root is actually a letter that Vaselius sends to Joachim Roelants. He tells Roelants that the China Root, also known as chobchini (see left) was an herb that can help treat syphilus. Later, Vesalius' brother Franciscus receives a copy of the letter and sends it to Joannes Oporinus, who publishes it.
  • Jan 1, 1561

    He writes another book.

    He writes another book.
    "An Examination of Gabrielle Fallopio’s Anatomical Observations" is published. Fallopio was an important Italian physician and doctor in the 16th century.
  • Oct 15, 1564

    He passes away.

    He passes away.
    Andreas Vesalius passes away on the Greek island Zankynthos when returning home from his trip to the Holy land.
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    Dec 31, 1514
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    Oct 15, 1564

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    This is the life of Andreas Vesalius, the anatomist who is known as "the Father of Anatomy".