David L. Smith – The History of Anatomic Inquiry
Great lecture on the curiosity of human beings concerning the machinery of themselves. David L. Smith takes us through central parts of the diverse history of inquiries into the anatomy of the human body, and by that the history of medicine.
This lecture traces the advances in the systematic study of human anatomy through history. Beginning with early civilizations and advancing chronologically through Egypt, Greece, Rome, Medieval Islam and Europe, it finally arrives at the Renaissance and beyond when scientific progress rapidly accelerated. The great figures of the discipline including Aristotle, Herophilus, Erasistratus, Galen, Avicenna, Ibn al-Nafis, Leonardo da Vinci, and Andreas Vesalius are discussed in detail. A short question and answer session concludes this 46 minute discussion