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A Slow Departure From Galen 

A Slow Departure From Galen
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A Slow Departure From Galen
Author(s):

Marco Catani

and Stefano Sandrone

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199383832.003.0005
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date: 07 May 2021

In Vesalius’s early publications there is no clear departure from traditional teaching, and in many respects Vesalius replicated Galen’s anatomical errors. However, soon Vesalius realized that evidence for best medical treatments should be gathered from direct observation, not from mere theoretical disquisition. With the enthusiasm of youth, his deep knowledge of the shortcomings of classical anatomy, and armed with a unique talent for performing accurate dissections, Vesalius came to a bold decision. He dared to challenge conventional medical beliefs and shake the academic establishment by producing an unprecedented informative atlas of the human body.

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