Important Renassance medical figures

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  • Important Renaissance medical figures
    • Andreas Vesalius
      • Vesalius was an anatomist
      • He was born in Brussels in 1514
      • He published a book called The Fabric of the Human Body, it proved many of Galen's ideas to be wrong
      • He became professor of anatomy at Padua University at just 23 years old
    • Ambrose Pare
      • He was born in France in 1510
      • He served as an apprentice to his brother who was a barber surgeon
      • In 1536 he joined the French army and served as a regimental surgeon
      • While working in the army he found a new way to treat gunshot wounds. At the time the typical way to treat gunshot wounds was to cauterise it with boiling oil. This was very dangerous and often left the wound inflamed and vulnerable from infection. In one battle Pare ran out of oil and had to treat the wound by applying an ointment of egg yolk, rose oil and turpentine and to those he applied the ointment experienced very little pain and those that with the wounds that he cauterised were in a great deal of pain with inflamed wounds. He swore never to treat gunshot wounds with boiling oil ever again.
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    • William Harvey
      • He was born in Kent in 1578 and studied medicine at Cambridge and Padua universities
      • He worked as a doctor in st Bartholomew's hospital.
      • He discovered that blood is pumped around the body by the Heart and is not made by the liver
      • He learnt this by dissecting live cold blooded animals like frogs, and dissected dead human to learn more about our heart.
      • He published his book (An anatomical study of the motion of the heart and of the blood in animals)
      • Before him many doctors thought that blood was "burnt up" like a fuel and then replaced by the liver


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