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August 7, 1943

The Embryological Treatises of Hieronymus Fabricius of Aquapendente: The Formation of the Egg and of the Chick [De Formatione Ovi et Pulli]; The Formed Fetus [De Formato Foetu]

JAMA. 1943;122(15):1050. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840320068033

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This is an important historical document in biology. It is heartening in these days to see it published in a style worthy of the scholarship and labor that have been devoted to its preparation. Fabricius was the first comparative embryologist after Aristotle and he prepared the first published figures of the development of the chick. In addition to masterly translations and commentaries, Dr. Adelmann has written a series of brilliant essays on the intellectual background, the mode of thought and the achievements of a leading physician and investigator of the sixteenth century. A detailed comparison of Fabricius and William Harvey as embryologists gives him the opportunity of tracing the influence of one great mind on another. It has become customary to praise Harvey as an investigator to the disparagement of the teacher to whom he owed so much. This is due partly to the fact that in some cases it

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