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From Anatomy to Surgery 

From Anatomy to Surgery
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From Anatomy to Surgery
Author(s):

Marco Catani

and Stefano Sandrone

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199383832.003.0010
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date: 18 May 2021

By resigning his academic position in Padua, Vesalius made the conscious decision to prove that what he had learned from the dead could serve the living. In a span of a few years he became the most trusted of all the physicians in the kingdoms of Charles V. By 1556, at the age of 42, Vesalius had it all. With the second edition of the Fabrica published, an elevation to the high rank of Count Palatine confirmed, and a lifetime pension to complement his comfortable income, he stood at the pinnacle of his career. But driven by the hostility and jealousy of others, this success soon turned to misfortune. Within a year, Charles V, who held Vesalius in such high esteem, had abdicated, and his son Philip II took his place. This new heir kept Vesalius on in his role of imperial physician, but the anatomist’s political power began to wane.

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