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A Life Among Eminent Men, with Many Honors and Gifts 

A Life Among Eminent Men, with Many Honors and Gifts
A Life Among Eminent Men, with Many Honors and Gifts

Marco Catani

and Stefano Sandrone

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date: 18 May 2021

Vesalius was well aware that in the Fabrica he had produced a masterpiece. He implicitly stated as much in an inscription on the plinth of one of the large illustrated skeletons shown in the first book of the Fabrica: ‘the genius lives on, all else is mortal’. Not everyone agreed, though. Criticism of the Fabrica was fierce, especially from those who opposed Vesalius’s anti-Galenic spirit. It was painful for Vesalius to acknowledge that Jacob Sylvius and Gunter von Andernach, his old mentors back in Paris, were among his harshest critics. But for Vesalius anatomy was only a step ahead into what he had aspired: an illustrious path for himself through the imperial medical rankings.

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