Andreas Vesalius, the father of modern anatomy was born in Brussels in 1514 and died in 1564. Throughout his life of 49 years, Vesalius challenged medical theories with a thirst for learning and discovery. Born into a wealthy family with his father as a pharmacist at the court of Margret of Austria, he received a privileged education from six years old. In 1537, Vesalius gained his doctorate and became a professor of Surgery and Anatomy at the University of Padua. He valued lifelong learning which contributed to his revolutionary works and methods demonstrating the spirit of a Renaissance man. He also used his intelligence to gain understanding across many different areas such as art. Vesalius’ family background, universal …show more content…
His greatest work “De humani corporis fabrica libri septem” (Fabric of the human body in seven books) “laid a solid foundation for the understanding of the vast human anatomy” [Source 3]. This book included detailed drawings of human bodies as well as precise descriptions of human body parts. His work challenged anatomical understanding and was “actually considered to be the earliest accurate presentation of human body” [Source 8]. Vesalius’s discoveries were the basis of human anatomy, he was the first to specifically and accurately explain the human body, which is crucial to current medical and anatomical understanding. Vesalius has proven Galen wrong numerous times as “Vesalius discovered that the skull’s mandible consists of bone which contradicts Galen’s predictions that the mandible was two separate bones in the head” [Source 11] and “The sternum has three parts, not seven as Galen claimed on the basis of ape dissections.” [Source 10] This indicates Vesalius was continuously trying to improve as he continuously corrected what Galen and people believed was correct. Thus Vesalius’ great contribution to science demonstrates his universal impact as a Renaissance …show more content…
Vesalius possessed traits of a typical Renaissance and had a good attitude towards trying out and experimenting. He was always striving for excellence and was critical, “constantly telling his students to check their work every time and even his [own] as his could contain a slight mistake as well [Source 9]” This evidence shows Vesalius’ was always striving for perfection and did not allow a single mistake. Vesalius was a physical evidence based scientist as he “held the belief that the study of human anatomy should be based on visible proof gained from dissecting human bodies. [Source 5]” Vesalius himself quoted, “Aristotle and many others say men have more teeth than women; it is no harder for anyone to test this than it is for me to say it is false, since no one is prevented from counting teeth. [Source 2]” These sources indicate Vesalius likes to experience experiments by hand to prove something in a practical way not theoretically. Just like the Renaissance men he likes to try out experiments by himself physically. Vesalius have multiple good character personalities such as striving for accuracy and likes to prove beliefs with physical evidence. These traits are all possessed by a Renaissance man.
While Vesalius was a man who demonstrated the Renaissance spirit, he was also possibly a murderer. Vesalius was accused of murdering a Spanish noble, whose heart was possibly still beating
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The Renaissance or “rebirth” was a period of great scientific, artistic, and cultural advancement in Europe that gave way to many groundbreaking discoveries, such as the discovery of the heliocentric solar system (Document C), the portrayal of art in three-dimensional form (Document A), the discovery of the composition of the human body (Document D), and many other revolutionary achievements that enriched the society of Europe and their awareness of the real scientific world. During this time period, people began to understand the difference between science and religion and they developed a new understanding regarding their view of their own humanhood, or in other words, there was an evolution in man’s view of man. Through the works of
In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the character Cassius wishes to convince Brutus to join him in conspiring against Caesar because he and his co-conspirators believe Caesar is unfit to rule Rome. In this passage, Cassius persuades Brutus through his pathos, ethos, and logos. Cassius exploits Brutus’s pathos in that he compliments Brutus to inflate his ego, as shown when Cassius says Brutus has “hidden worthiness” (1,2,57) and his worthiness earns him “many of the best respect in Rome” (1,2,59). Cassius utilizes these compliments in order to make Brutus see himself as a chosen one to aid Cassius in removing Caesar from the throne. Moreover, Cassius attempts to sway Brutus through his pathos by capitalizing Brutus’s fear for the future of Rome,
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Correspondingly, a third source that similarly discredits the conventional awareness of Augustus is The Lives of the Twelve Caesars provided by Suetonius as it portrays Augustus as being, to a certain extent, paranoid, manipulative, strategic and immoral. This is mostly unequivocal when Suetonius reinterprets an encounter between Augustus and a Roman Knight as he incurred detestation through many acts. However, Suetonius pays unmistakable consecration to this incident as when, “…a Roman knight was taking notes, he ordered that he be stabbed on the spot, thinking him an eavesdropper and a spy. Augustus, suspecting that he had a sword concealed there, did not dare to make a search on the spot for fear it should turn out to be something else and though he made no confession, ordered his execution, first tearing out the man's eyes with his own hand. ” This piece of material of him murdering a Roman knight, due to alleged eavesdropping, is a primary case in point of how
There is a very detailed image of a woodcut by Andreas Vesalius in the book On the Fabric of the Human Body. The image shows the anatomy of the human body, including various muscles. (Vesalius, document 16). Learning the anatomy of the human body was a crucial discovery. Today since we know the anatomy of the human body, we are able to understand the
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Harvey William Harvey’s seminal work “On the Motion on the Heart and Blood in Animals” initiated modern medicine. Harvey’s arguments were detailed readily verifiable and though they did endure a fair bit of criticism when released, in most areas, they were accepted within his lifetime. Once his simple notion of the circulation of blood was carefully described others were able to see and understand its validity themselves. I will argue that William Harvey’s theory which used inductive reasoning to show, with experiments, how blood flowed from veins to arteries through the heart and deduced the existence of capillaries to return blood from arteries to veins. One of the main understandings of the day, proposed by Galen of Pergamon nearly 1500 years earlier, was that blood was a resource that was produced in the liver and consumed in the tissues and the brain.
There was a massive change in the understanding of anatomy during the Renaissance. Claudius Galen was a Greek doctor who became the most respected doctor in the Roman Empire. He discovered the importance of understanding the functions of the parts of the body. In Galen 's time the dissections of the human body were forbidden for
He made many observations, one of which is his observation of how nutrition works in animals led him to conclude that in order for the food an animal eats to turn into bone, hair, flesh, and so forth, it must already contain all those constituents within it. He taught many people about what he believed in which led him to be prosecuted. Some of these beliefs are that he believed that the world was flat and that there where many Earths like ours. Also, he taught that “everything has a natural explanation, the moon is not a good but a great rock and the sun a hot rock.” He was arrested and sentenced to death but with the help of his friend and a student of his he was able to escape and live till he was 82 in Lampsacus.