New stamp from the series "Personalities" – Andreas Vesalius

October 27th, 2014 hurries to inform that Czech Post is going to issue the next stamp from the series "Personalities". This item is dedicated to Andreas Versalius. The stamp is to be released and put into circulation on the 5th of November.

Andreas Vesalius was born on 31 December 1514 in Brussels and died on 15 October 1564 in Greek Zakynthos. He was an anatomist, physician, and the author of a brilliant book primarily about human anatomy, De humani corporis fabrica (Construction of the Human Body), which had a significant impact on the further development of the field. Vesalius is often mentioned as the founder of modern anatomy.

In 1537 Andresas Vesalius became a professor of anatomy at Padua, at the University made famous for its high levels, especially in the medical field. He was devoted to dissection and in 1538 he published a Latin work of anatomical tables. The first book describes bones and cartilage, the second book muscles and ligaments, the third book blood vessels, the fourth nerves, the fifth the digestive system and the genitourinary tract, the sixth the respiratory tract and the seventh the brain and sensory organs.

It is the first modern textbook of anatomy, formed on the basis of observations and dissections. Vesalius also created an autopsy procedure which is still used today.

In 1559 the work of Vesalius's pupil Cornaro, describing the circulation of the small vascular system (heart–lung) and the anatomy of the eye, was published in Venice. From 1577 to 1581, Adam Huba lectured in Prague on anatomy, already using Vesalius. The work of Vesalius has been translated into many languages, in the 17th century even into Russian by Slavinský under the title Medical Anatomy (1658).