Andreas Vesalius

The Father of Anatomy

Vesalius's background

Vesalius was born in Brussels, Belgium. He was born into a family of physicians, and through his childhood he was forced to read several books about Chinese and Islamic medicine, wanting to know the structure of the human body he even started practicing as well.(the picture is showing a dissection Vesalius made)

His Achievements

in 1583 Andreas was offered an immediate chair of surgery in anatomy. Andreas was the first surgeon to dissect a corpse. all of Andrea's life studies were put into a book called The Fabric of the Human Body, which is considered to have some of the most beautiful drawings ad sketches of the human body ever made. (in this picture Vesalius is about to perform an autopsy is his gaze, directed away from the cadaver, and his hand resting on the left arm, almost as if taking a pulse.)

His Impact on today

When Vesalius was studying at the university of Paris he argued that people "could not learn without dissecting, and observing the human body.". Vesalius grew so tired of how if you were in the back of the room while the professor was dissecting a body, that you could not see. He believed that a complete knowledge of the body through dissections should be the basis of every medical students learning. ( picture is from Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica, figure on plate 609, contrasted.)

Interesting facts about Vesalius


  • When Vesalius left The Univesity of Paris, he robbed cemeteries for bodies for his students to dissect themselves.
  • Vesalius proved that men and women have the same amount of ribs.
  • in 1564 he was accused of murder and atheism.
  • in 1543 Vesalius wrote and published his authoritative book, De Humani Corporis Fabrica (The Structure of the Human Body) based on his extensive work.

(the picture is an image from Andreas Vesalius's De humani corporis fabrica (1543), page 372.)

Anatomy of human veins and arteries. From
De Humani Corporis Fabrica, by Andreas Vesalius,
published by J. Oporinus in Basle, 1543.


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