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March 8, 1976

Studies in Pre-Vesalian Anatomy: Biography, Translations, Documents

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1976;235(10):1060. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260360058036

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This scholarly work, in preparation for 15 years, fills a great gap in our knowledge of medical history, especially of the knowledge of anatomy during the Renaissance. Vesalius has received abundant attention and stands as a landmark, but his immediate precursors have received relatively little attention. Lind, by a close study of all available sources, has helped to remedy this defect.

His task was very difficult. He combed all available sources, including published texts, letters, relevant contemporary writings, and archival material, together with modern secondary sources. The anatomists he discusses are not well known except by scholars—Achillini, Benedetti, Massa, de Laguna, and others. Lind discusses the life and works of his chosen authors, with description and analysis of the anatomical texts, and in all except one case, he provides translations of part or all of the anatomical writings. The annotations are abundant and scholarly.

Lind discusses anatomical methods as well