The Emergence and Effects of the First Anatomy Theatres in Western Europe

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Hüseyia & Göksin Nilüfer Demirci


The spread of the idea that the human body should be learned from cadavers, especially under the leadership of Vesalius, and the strong support of this idea among surgeons and medical students of that period, led to the emergence of anatomy theatres, particularly in the rich centres of Western Europe. Anatomy theatres have become prestigious places that make contributions to financial income for the cities they are located in. They have contributed to the importance of universities with the students they attract. Anatomy has become a more visual and international science because of the spread of anatomical drawings in scientific medical books, the newly invented printing press making it easier to print more books and the increasing interest of the people of the period. Learning medicine has become easier with the spread of visual anatomy books and cadaver studies. Cadaver studies and anatomy theatres, which started to become widespread under the leadership of brave science warriors such as Vesalius, who lived in the Renaissance period, became the subject of the paintings of painters of the period such as Rembrandt under the name anatomy activities. It is beneficial and necessary for society to keep in memory what this period brought to the world of anatomy and the present with its historical processes.

KEY WORDS: Anatomy theatres; Vesalius; Cadavers; Human dissection.

How to cite this article

BAYLAN, H. & DEMIRCI, G. N. The emergence and effects of the first anatomy theatres in western Europe. Int. J. Morphol., 41(3):819- 824, 2023.