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Leonardo da Vinci

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.” – Leonardo da Vinci

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Hieronymus Fabricius “The Father of Embryology”

Hieronymus Fabricius was an Italian born in Acquapendente, Latium,  in 1533. He died in his Villa, La Montagnola, in 1619 at the age of 86. His father was Fabrico Fabrici. The family is said to have been noble and once-wealthy, but in decline at the time of Fabrici’s youth, though not impoverished. He studied Latin, logic, and philosophy, and then medicine in Padua for nine years, and took his degree in medicine and philosophy in about 1559. Read the rest of this entry

William Harvey: The Father of Modern Physiology (Part 2)

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So,  we’ll let’s take a quick look at some of the other people who contributed to cardiac knowledge!

The earliest known writings on the circulatory system are found in the Ebers Papyrus (16th century BCE), an ancient Egyptian medical papyrus containing over 700 Read the rest of this entry

William Harvey: The Father of Modern Physiology (Part 1)

William Harvey was born April 1, 1578. Harvey had seven brothers and two sisters, and his father, Thomas Harvey, was a farmer and landowner. His father then became the mayor of Folkestone England after having worked there for years as a jurat (someone in the legal field that witnesses documents being signed). While living in Folkestone, he learned Latin, which was the beginning of his medical education. Harvey attended the King’s School in Canterbury, Kent, from 1588 to 1593. He then went on to study arts and medicine at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, from 1593 to 1599. He continued his studies at the University of Padua, the leading European medical school at the time. He became a student of Italian anatomist and surgeon Hieronymous Fabricius, who had a considerable influence on Harvey. It is also likely that Harvey was taught by Italian philosopher Cesare Cremonini, a prominent follower of Aristotle. Read the rest of this entry

The Renaissance (Part 1)

The Renaissance was the era in which both Ambroise Paré and Andreas Vesalius lived. We will be talking about some other important historical figures in this era as well. But it becomes important to understand the historical context in which these people lived. We’ll start with this video as the introduction. Read the rest of this entry

Ambroise Paré: Father of Modern Surgery (version 2)

Ambroise Paré was born in 1510 in Bourg-Hersent (now absorbed into Laval) in north-western France and lived until 1590. His elder brother and his brother-in-law were also barber-surgeons, under whom he may have served his Read the rest of this entry

Ambroise Pare: Father of Modern Surgery

Ambroise Paré (1510-1590) is widely considered the father of modern surgery.  His motto omnia vincit labor improbus (work overcomes everything), derived from Virgil’s Georgics, likened medical research to peasants’ labor, and still conveys a message to surgeons of our time. Read the rest of this entry

Intro to Ambroise Pare


A Peek at Modern Anatomy

The Fabrica

If you follow the link above, you can look at the entire Fabrica and all the amazing artwork within it. On that site you can get a much closer look at these images along with many others. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see a way to link directly to those images. Read the rest of this entry

Vesalius Paper

Pick one of the following questions for the topic of your paper. These are from the discussion topics in the Vesalius material as we previously talked about.

  1. Compare and contrast the view on dissection between Galen’s and Vesalius’s eras. How did this change the study of anatomy?
  2. In what ways did art change the study of anatomy? Consider On the Fabric of the Human Body.
  3. Why is empirical observation important and how was this reflected in Vesalius’s work?
  4. Why was On the Fabric of the Human Body so heavily challenged when it was published?
  5. How does Vesalius’s ideas of medical research compare to those of Hippocrates or Galen? (pick either Hippocrates or Galen to compare him to).

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Mistakes & Adventures

What I've always wanted


Multimedia resources for teaching bioethics


Art shenanigans of Xenia Bougaevsky

Crochet Thread

A Modern Interpretation of Vintage Crochet by Ann Reillet Featuring Many Original Designs


Crafting with hook, needle and yarn

Son's Popkes

Crochet animal patterns designed by Sonja van der Wijk