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With reference to Vesalius, Harvey, and Pare, who made the biggest impact on medical development? The time of the Renaissance introduced new changes and ideas to the medical world. Three important figures

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With reference to Vesalius, Harvey, and Pare, who made the biggest impact on medical development? The time of the Renaissance introduced new changes and ideas to the medical world. Three important figures were Andreas Vesalius, Ambroise Pare, and William Harvey. All three made famous through their work. The question that has been raised, is which one made the most important impact in medical history? Vesalius studied medicine with great interest. His main study was Anatomy; he became a professor for this in Italy. Here he met artists who were dissecting bodies in order to make their paintings more lifelike. Vesalius believe it was vital for doctors to dissect bodies in order to find out about the human structure and how it works. This went against the catholic rules, which only allowed two bodies a year to dissect. ...read more.

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This gave him a lot of time to study wounds and develop empathy for the people in need of treatment. At this time, cauterisation of wounds was still being done. Pare wanted to find more ways of treating the patient so they wouldn't feel as much pain. One day, when the boiling oil ran out, he used an ointment he had made beforehand. Surprisingly, this mixture healed a great number of wounded soldiers. From that point Pare vowed never to cauterise wounds again. Another method Pare used was Ligature. He may have been the first person to learn how to tie an artery, although in a lot of cases this didn't work successfully, this promoted the idea of stitches, and sometimes prevented blood loss. Pare also did work with artificial limbs, he invented a kneeling peg leg, and foot prosthesis. ...read more.

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In my opinion, the most important figure was Pare. This is because he practiced a number of different ways of surgery, which was made popular after his success. His substitutes for cauterization spread around the world, and practically stopped the regular use of cauterization in open wound surgery. He also began a lot of research into new things, such as his invention of artificial limbs. And his tying of arteries created a new study into stitching. The least important figure was Vesalius, this is due to his lack of practical ideas. Although he was a cult figure through him arguing Galen's ideas, he doesn't appear to have made any revelations about the human body and surgery. I believe he encouraged and taught a great number of people about anatomy, and this started a new era of study. However, he did not introduce new ideas of interest to the world, such as Vesalius and Pare did. These are who I believe have the most, and least impact on Renaissance medicine. ...read more.

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