chapter  13
Andreas Vesalius (1514-1567)
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Andreas Vesalius is arguably the founder of modern anatomy, having greatly advanced the science with his detailed descriptions and drawings of human anatomy. His greatest contribution was his major work tided “De humani corporis fabricca libri septem” (“Seven Books on the Structure of the Human Body”) published in 1543, which contained not only detailed descriptions and drawings of the human anatomy, but rudiments of anthropology. Sentenced to death by the Inquisition for his new approach of the dissection of human cadavers, he journeyed instead to a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.