Morbid anatomy

This was a skill that was perfected many centuries ago, and several outstanding treatises were published in the 16th century, such as that of Andreas Vesalius, who was Professor of Anatomy at the famous Padua University (although he originated from Brussels). The early anatomists were able to describe in detail most of the nerves in the autonomic nervous system. Thus the gross anatomical background was well established. However, they had relatively little evidence of the function of the nerves, apart from their distribution.

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