Andreas Vesalius of Brussels (1514–1564): his contribution to the field of functional neuroanatomy and the criticism to his predecessors

  title={Andreas Vesalius of Brussels (1514–1564): his contribution to the field of functional neuroanatomy and the criticism to his predecessors},
  author={Konstantinos Markatos and Dimitrios Chytas and Georgios A. Tsakotos and Marianna Karamanou and Maria Piagkou and Antonios Mazarakis and Elizabeth O Johnson},
  journal={Acta Chirurgica Belgica},
  pages={437 - 441}
Abstract Until the fifteenth century, the knowledge about anatomy and function of the nervous system had been significantly influenced by theological notions. Andreas Vesalius of Brussels (1514–1564), based on human cadavers’ dissections, criticized his predecessors and contributed to the construction of the current knowledge about functional neuroanatomy. Although he did not avoid mistakes, he successfully demonstrated the high value of human cadavers’ dissection in anatomical teaching. 

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