Article ID: CBB001320049

The Revival of Vivisection in the Sixteenth Century (2013)


Shotwell, Allen R. (Author)

Journal of the History of Biology
Volume: 46
Pages: 171--197

Publication Date: 2013
Edition Details: Part of a special issue on vivisection
Language: English

In this article I examine the origins and progression of the practice of vivisection in roughly the first half of the sixteenth century, paying particular attention to the types of vivisection procedures performed, the classical sources for those procedures and the changing nature of the concerns motivating the anatomists who performed them. My goal is to reexamine a procedure typically treated as something revived by Vesalius from classical sources as a precursor to early modern discoveries by placing the practice of vivisection in its sixteenth-century context. There were a variety of reasons for employing vivisection in the sixteenth century, including exploring the differences between living and dead bodies, considering how parts of the body worked, and advocating the entirely new idea of the pulmonary transit. By exploring the discussions of Berengario, Niccolò Massa, Vesalius, Colombo and Juan Valverde I try to elaborate on these various reasons and their origins.[PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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Authors & Contributors
Klestinec, Cynthia
Vons, Jacqueline
Newman, William R.
Carmichael, Ann
Scalabrini, Massimo
Vollmuth, Ralf
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Medical History
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
L'Erma di Bretschneider
Neuer Merkur
Les Belles Lettres
University of Chicago Press
Cambridge University Press
Indiana University
Human anatomy
Visual representation; visual communication
Vesalius, Andreas
Colombo, Realdo
Berengario da Carpi, Jacopo
Leonardo da Vinci
Valverde de Hamusco, Juan
Time Periods
16th century
15th century
Early modern
17th century
Padua (Italy)
University of Padua

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