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CLIP 3307

Andreas Vesalius

Andreas Vesalius
Key Info
  • Andreas Vesalius
  • Duration: 04:39
  • Andreas Vesalius read Galen's ideas and became Professor of Anatomy at the University of Padua in Italy. He stole a skeleton of a convict and began to challenge Galen's ideas on anatomy. Some people believed he was wrong to question the faith in the ancients.
  • Credits: The Wellcome Institute
  • Subject:



    Medicine Through Time

  • Keywords: medicine through time, Galen, Vesalius, University of Padua, anatomy, dissection, ancient medicine
Ideas for use in class
  • Students could themselves become Vesalius for a lesson. They could be given Galen's drawings of the human skeleton and a picture of a human skeleton, and challenged to find Galen's mistakes. They could then be asked to explain why Galen made the mistakes he did (exploring external factors that affected his understanding).
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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