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April 26, 2000

AnatomyOn the Fabric of the Human Body: Book II, The Ligaments and Muscles

Author Affiliations
 

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

 

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by Andreas Vesalius, translated by William Frank Richardson in collaboration with John Burd Carman (Norman Orthopedic Series, No. 2; Norman Anatomy Series, No. 2; Norman Landmarks Series, No. 2), 490 pp, with illus, $250, ISBN 0-930405-75-7, San Francisco, Calif, Norman Publishing, 1999 (includes free 60 cm x 90 poster).

JAMA. 2000;283(16):2172. doi:10.1001/jama.283.16.2172-JBK0426-6-1

While out walking . . . I happened upon a dried cadaver. . . . The bones were entirely bare, held together by the ligaments alone, and only the origin and insertion of the muscles were preserved. . . . The next day I transported the bones home . . . and constructed that skeleton which is preserved in Louvain . . .—Andreas Vesalius1

On December 5, 1537, Andreas Vesalius was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Padua. On December 6, he was appointed professor of surgery and anatomy, making him the first person salaried to teach anatomy at any university. Within five months of his appointment, Vesalius was able to articulate a human skeleton for teaching purposes and publish drawings of his anatomic findings (Tabulae Anatomicae).2(pp156-157) It is during this intensely fruitful period that Vesalius studied the ligaments and muscles.

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