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October 10, 1966


JAMA. 1966;198(2):178-179. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110150126039

Hieronymus Fabricius (Geronimo Fabrizio), pupil of Fallopius and teacher of William Harvey, was born in the village of Aquapendente in central Italy within the territory ruled at that time by the Republic of Venice. The family of Fabricius, well-to-do but not wealthy, belonged to the nobility; their coat of arms is reproduced on the title page of one of his most famous books. Fabricius received an upper class education and, in his late teens, began his advanced studies at the University of Padua, where he studied Greek, Latin, logic, and philosophy. By the time he was prepared for the study of medicine he had displayed an extraordinary memory, brilliant intellectual capacity, great industry, and complete sincerity. In medical school his most influential teacher was Fallopius, professor of anatomy, whom he assisted in dissection and accompanied during his attendance upon the sick. Fabricius obtained his doctorate in medicine and philosophy circum