The Fabric of the Human Body. An Annotated Translation of the and Editions of “De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem”, by D.H. Garrison and. The history of anatomy is traditionally divided into two periods: pre-Vesalian and post-Vesalian. With the publication of De humani corporis fabrica in First edition of the most important and influential book in the study of human anatomy and “one of the most beautiful scientific books ever.

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Although Vesalius was unfamiliar with the anatomy of pregnancy, he provides illustrations of the placenta and the fetal membrane, making anatomical reference to Galen by comparing a dog’s reproductive organs to those of a human. Galen, the prominent Greek physiciansurgeon and philosopher in the Roman empire had written on anatomy among other topics, but his work remained humni unchecked until the time of Vesalius.

Dissections had previously been performed by a barber surgeon under the direction of a doctor of medicine, who was not expected to perform manual labour.

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Retrieved 18 November Stephen Jay Gould W. Archived from the original on Vesalius’ written directions hhumani Oporinus the iter were so valuable the printer decided to include them. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Vesalius also mentions the instruments needed to perform a dissection. In Books 3 and 4, Vesalius describes the veins, arteries, and nerves librii vessels, but notes their differing physical structure: The Barre Montpelier Times Argus.

Vesalius describes the organs of the body in great detail by commenting “on the variable strength of the attachment of the pleura to the thoracic walls, the strong attachment of the pericardium cogporis the diaphragm, the shape and orientation of the ventricles of the heart, and the description of the semilunar valves.


A chapter is also devoted to the dissection of the eye. Retrieved 25 November Germ theory of disease Central dogma of molecular biology Darwinism Great chain of being Hierarchy of life Lamarckism One gene—one enzyme ve Protocell RNA world hypothesis Sequence hypothesis Spontaneous generation.

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To accompany the FabricaVesalius published a condensed and less expensive Epitome: It presents Vesalius’ observations on human bones and cartilage, which he collected from cemeteries. In each chapter Vesalius describes the bones in great detail, explaining their physical qualities in different ways.

The Fabrica rectified some of Galen’s worst errors, including the notion that the great blood vessels originated from the liver. In the opening chapters, Vesalius “gives general aspects of bones and skeletal organisation, dealing with the differences in texture, strength, dabrica resilience between bone and cartilage; explaining the complex differences between types of joints and reviewing some basic elements of descriptive techniques and terminology.


While examining a human corpse, Vesalius discovered that Galen’s observations bumani inconsistent with those of his, due to Galen’s use of animal llibri and monkey cadavers. In order to show respect to Galen, he suggests Galen’s use of anatomical structure is in fact correct, but not for humans.

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He then goes on to describe the liver, gall bladder, and the spleen. He linri this process as “a tree whose trunks divide into branches and twigs”.

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Vesalius lists some six hundred vessels in his tabulation of arteries, veins and nerves, but fails to mention the smaller vessels located in the hands and feet, the terminal vessels of the cutaneous nerves, or the vessels in the lungs and liver.

More than copies survive humzni the and editions.

When Vesalius lectured on the human skeleton, he also had to present the bones of animals to give credibility to Galen’s observations. The order in which to dissect a human body to effectively observe each muscle in the body is laid out.

Retrieved 1 August The first book constitutes about a quarter of the entire collection. Here Vesalius describes the structure of the muscles, the agents used in creating movement by the body, and the material used to hold the joints together. De humani corporis fabrica Title page. Each illustration displays a deepening view of the human body which can be followed while dissecting a human body.