Andreas Vesalius

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Andreas Vesalius

Born 31 December 1514(1514-12-31)
Brussels, Habsburg Netherlands
Died 15 October 1564(1564-10-15) (aged 49)
Zakynthos
Fields Anatomy
Doctoral advisor Johannes Winter von Andernach
Gemma Frisius
Doctoral students Matteo Realdo Colombo
Known for De humani corporis fabrica or "the structure of the human body"
Influences Jacques Dubois
Jean Fernel

Andreas Vesalius (31 December 1514 – 15 October 1564) was a Flemish anatomist, physician, and author. He wrote one of the most influential books on human anatomy, De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body). Vesalius is often called the founder of modern human anatomy. Vesalius is the Latinized form of Andries van Wesel. He is sometimes also called Andreas Vesal, André Vesalio and Andre Vesale.

Before Vesalius most information about the human body came from Galen. By dissecting human bodies, Vesalius showed that many of the things Galen wrote about were wrong. It was found that Galen's work was based on Barbary Apes.

He was invited to be the Imperial physician of Emperor Charles V. After the abdication of Emperor Charles V he continued at court in great favour with his son Philip II.