Ten fun facts about Andreas Vesalius

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Fact 1
Andreas Vesalius was born on 31st December 1514, Netherlands and died on 15th October 1564, Zakynthos.

Fact 2
Vesalius' most famous literary work is the book on human anatomy, named 'On the Fabric of the Human Body'.

Fact 3
Andreas Vesalius was offered the position of head of Surgery and Anatomy at Padua, immediately after his graduation from the University of Padua.


Fact 4
His most prominent contribution in the study of muscular system is his description of the source and positioning of each muscle of the body and also provided information on their respective functions.

Fact 5
Vesalius's biggest contribution to modern science is his work on circulatory and the vascular systems.

Fact 6
His study and examination of the optic nerve, lead to the conclusion that nerves were not hollow and he also concluded that nerves are the means of transmitting motion and sensation.

Fact 7
His study of the human heart, lead to the identification of its two chambers and two atria. He also concluded that the criteria to identify muscle is their voluntary motion and deduced that the heart was not a true muscle because of its involuntary nature of functioning.

Fact 8
His study of the human skull and its numerous features kick-started the study of physical anthropology.

Fact 9
Vesalius deduced that the nervous system and the brain are the center of human mind and emotion and refuted that orthodox belief that the heart was the center of the body.

Fact 10
'The Vesalius Suite' created by American artist, Jacob Lawrence, was based on the Vesalius' anatomical drawings.


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Was a Brabantian physician, anatomist and author.



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