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Books, Journals, New Media
September 17, 2003


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(11):1522-1523. doi:10.1001/jama.290.11.1522-a

Of the altruistic instincts veneration is not the most highly developed at the present day; but I hold strongly with the statement that it is the sign of a dry age when the great men of the past are held in light esteem.—William Osler1

In 1540 Andreas Vesalius collaborated on a revision of the Latin translations of Galen's works, including two on the dissection of veins, arteries, and nerves. With the publication of De Humani Corporis Fabrica 3 years later when he was 28 years old, Vesalius presented the anatomy of the human body, changing and correcting the prevailing Aristotelian (384-322 BCE) and Galenic (130-200 CE) framework.