Hieronymus Fabricius ab Aquapendente

[Hieronymus Fabricius ab Aquapendente] Anatomist and surgeon, born Acquapendente, Italy, 1537; died Padua, Italy, 1619. When 25 years old, he was chosen to succeed Fallopio as professor of anatomy at the University of Padua, and later he became professor of surgery, occupying both chairs for nearly 50 years. Made embryology an independent science, and wrote valuable embryological treatises. In appreciation of his ability the Senate of Venice erected an anatomical theater bearing his name, and a statue was erected in Padua after his death. In English medical literature Fabricius is best known as the teacher of Harvey, who attributes the discovery of the valves in the veins to him. Drew up the first figure of valves in the veins. His work on surgery has gone through 20 editions in many languages. All his works were reprinted at Leipzig, 1687.

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