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The rise of Vesalius

The rise of Vesalius
Key Info
  • The rise of Vesalius
  • Duration: 02:59
  • Vesalius had a significant advantage over Galen as he was able to carry out dissections. He challenged how dissections were conducted, inviting students to see and touch. In 1543 at 28 years old he published Fabrica, a total map of the body that radically changed ideas about anatomy. But he did not explain what caused ill health. Galen's followers said he was dangerous but the Emperor made him his doctor, quietening criticism.
  • Credits: The Wellcome Institute
  • Subject:



    Medicine Through Time

  • Keywords: Andreas Vesalius, Fabrica, Galen, medicine through time, dissection, university, anatomy
Ideas for use in class
  • Students could watch this film and then discuss what possible effect Vesalius' book Fabrica might have on the treatment of illness. The more able could be asked to explore why people would have felt it was dangerous to challenge the ancient's ideas.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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