Andreus Vesalius, born in Brussels, Anatomist and Physician (31/12/1514 - 15/10/1564)
Trained at the University of Louvain, the University of Paris and the University of Padua. He was offered chair of Surgery and Anatomy immediately upon graduation. His teaching sessions were notable first for his habit of performing his own dissections, and secondly for his drawing aids.
Vesalius soon became interested in the validity of Galen's descriptions of human anatomy. With the aid of a judge of Padua, Galen obtained bodies and commissioned professional artists to create diagrams of the dissections performed. Between 1539 and 1542 he compiled his findings into a major work, De Fabrica Corporis Humani. This work challenged classical teaching in many ways.
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