History of Medicine : Renaissance

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Max Hastings Renaissance A) In the picture we see Andreas Vesalius performing a public dissection, we know it is him as his name is written on a plaque above him in Latin, the most written language at that time, he is dissecting a human which would have been a criminal and people are shown ignoring the dissection by crouching at the front with animals symbolising the rejection of Galen’s ideas the picture was used as the cover of Vesalius’s book The Fabric of the Human Body, in which he challenged Galen’s ideas. He challenged and proved Galen’s ideas to be false through human dissection in which a skeleton is used for cross reference. He proved that the jaw bone is made of one bone not two (like animals) and that the liver has two lobes not five, he also noticed that the heart pumps through valves and not holes, and that the sternum is made of 5 segments not . To draw this picture he employed artists who could recreate and draw diagrams to promote the knowledge . B) Many factors allowed medical advances to be made in the Renaissance. For example as mentioned above artists were employed to draw the dissections thus storing knowledge, through art the ‘printing press’ was invented by Guttenberg in 1454, this was able to make copies of the art thus sharing the knowledge, however not only did the copies share knowledge, they were also allowed to be questioned by others if they thought theorems weren’t right . This was acceptable as the Renaissance was a time of enquiry meaning that individuals could use their own knowledge to contribute to medical progress. In the past the church had band dissection on humans and was only performed very rarely and only on criminals, however in the Renaissance, these religious barriers were lifted allowing huge discoveries in surgery and comparing human anatomy . Experiments could be carried out to see if medicines worked and were successful before being released to...
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