Human anatomy

1543 Human anatomy

The book of science

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Andreas Vesalius anatomy Human anatomy

Human anatomy



Galen’s theory of the circulation of the blood included the ideas that the great blood vessels originated in the liver, that arteries carried the purest blood from the left ventricle of the heart to the higher organs, and the veins carried blood from the right ventricle to the lower organs. Andreas Vesalius’s publication De humani corporis fabrica (“On the structure of the human body”) was the beginning of modern human anatomy. It was not until 1628 that William Harvey explained the circulation of the blood.

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