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November 18, 1911

Servetus and the Pulmonary Circulation

JAMA. 1911;LVII(21):1713. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260110213028

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To the Editor:  —Your Paris correspondent, in his letter of October 20 (The Journal, Nov. 11, 1911, p. 1627), in regard to the dedication of a monument to Michael Servetus at Vienne, France, reports Dr. Charles Richet, representing the Faculté de médecine de Paris at the ceremony, as saying that "the divination of the pulmonary circulation by Servetus, who unlike Harvey, had done no vivisection and who, unlike Vesalius, had done no dissection, was unparalleled—almost a miracle." It seems strange that Professor Richet should have erred in his statement that Servetus "had done no dissection." On the contrary, Servetus' biographers tell us that he studied medicine at paris under the celebrated Günther and succeeded Vesalius as Günther's assistant. His preceptor paid high tribute to his culture and especially his skill in dissecting and to his knowledge of Galen, "scarcely second to anyone," It is certainly rational to attribute Servetus'

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