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Beauty
July 2001

Vesalius' Fabrica: The Marriage of Art and Anatomy

Author Affiliations

Department of Otolaryngology– Head and Neck Surgery
Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Beth Israel Medical Center
10 Union Square E
Suite 4J
New York, NY 10003
(e-mail: mzimbler@bethisraelny.org)

 

Department of Otolaryngology– Head and Neck Surgery
 Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
 Beth Israel Medical Center
 10 Union Square E
 Suite 4J
 New York, NY 10003
 (e-mail: mzimbler@bethisraelny.org)


Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2001;3(3):220-221. doi:

THE GREEK physician Galen (129-200 AD) is one of the most influential figures in the history of medicine. His teachings regarding anatomy and physiology were considered medical dogma for more than 1000 years. He showed that nerves arise from the central nervous system, that veins connect to the heart, and that arteries contain blood and not air. He described the nerves to the larynx, the anatomy of the spinal cord, and the skeletal and muscular systems. However, since dissection of the human body was forbidden during the time of Galen, his knowledge was derived from animal dissection, principally the Barbary ape. Despite Galen's shortcomings, one is astonished at the wealth of accurate detail in his writings.

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