This essay falls naturally into three harts: pre-Vesalian anatomy, the life and work of Vesalius, and the
impact of his ideas on his contemporaries and on anatomists
after him. In the section dealing with pre-Vesalian anatomy
I shall limit myself as much as possible to those aspects of
anatomy which have the greatest bearing on Vesalius' work.
As the title of the essay includes "Re-birth of Anatomy" I
will attempt to outline the spread of Vesalius' ideas, how
they were received, and indicate how they moulded the thinking
of future generations.