Among the classics of the Renaissance which truly represent the struggle and glory of that period, the Fabrica of Vesalius holds a foremost place. Written by a learned humanist and an indefatigable research worker, a great physician and a fine artist, it is still worthy of our admiration as a magnificent product of science and art.
Andreas Vesalius was born in Brussels on Dec. 31, 1514 and numbered many distinguished physicians among his kin. In early youth he began the study of anatomy, which he pursued at Louvain and Paris. He soon recognized that the professors, who taught out of Galen and relegated dissection to barbers, could neither teach nor even learn. Convinced of Galen's infallibility, they shunned personal observation and ignored research. When war between the German emperor and the king of France paralyzed the University of Paris, Vesalius returned to Louvain and then went to Italy, where anatomy