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February 24, 1999

Anatomy, HistoryDe Humani Corporis Fabrica

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1999;281(8):766. doi:10.1001/jama.281.8.766-JBK0224-4-1

Every student of medicine and anatomy has heard of Vesalius and his De Humani Corporis Fabrica. My first encounter with this historical text occurred over a two-year period in 1984 and 1985. My father had given me the task of writing the history of the vagus nerve for a paper on its history and surgical anatomy.1 In writing this segment of the article and in reading what many others had written about the vagus nerve, including Galen, I had to see what Vesalius had written on the subject.

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