Show Summary Details
Page of

date: 26 October 2021

p. 11. The development of anatomylocked

p. 11. The development of anatomylocked

  • Leslie Klenerman


‘The development of anatomy’ provides a short history of anatomical study beginning with Aristotle (384–322 bc) who named the subject anatome, meaning ‘cutting up’. Herophilus of Chalcedon (c.300 bc), ‘The Father of Anatomy’, was the first to dissect human bodies in public and recognized the brain as the central organ of the nervous system. Galen ( 150–200) elaborated a system of pathology based on the ideas of Hippocrates. His work was the standard text until the 16th century when Andreas Vesalius (1514–64), produced his masterpiece, On the Fabric of the Human Body. William Harvey (1578–1657) and Marcello Malpighi (1628–94) described the anatomy of the heart and blood vessels in further detail.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.