Andreas Vesalius

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Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) was the most celebrated anatomist in Europe during the 16th century and a key figure of the Scientific Revolution. Vesalius' great work was his On the Fabric of the Human Body, which contains over 250 remarkable anatomical illustrations. Vesalius' investigations corrected many long-held errors in anatomy and helped change attitudes so that it became as important as any other in the field of medicine.

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  • 1514 - 1564
    Life of the anatomist Andreas Vesalius.
  • Dec 1514
    Andreas Vesalius is born in the Brabant region of Flanders.
  • 1537
    Andreas Vesalius is made the lecturer in surgery and anatomy at the University of Padua.
  • 1538
    Andreas Vesalius publishes his anatomical charts, 6 Tabulae anatomiae.
  • 1543
    Andreas Vesalius publishes his influential work on human anatomy, Of the Fabric of the Human Body.
  • Jun 1564
    Andreas Vesalius dies in a shipwreck.
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