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Jefferson Professor Describes Vesalius’ Impact on WHYY’s The Pulse


(PHILADELPHIA) --Salvatore Mangione, MD, pulmonologist and Director of Physical Diagnosis at Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Medical School, recently provided history and context on Andreas Vesalius in an interview with Elana Gordan of WHYY’s The Pulse on December 31st.

Vesalius is remembered as the author of De Fabrica, the extensive medical textbook in which robust, Latin descriptions accompany anatomical drawings.

“It’s amazingly beautiful,” Dr. Mangione told Elana Gordan. “The boundaries between art and science blur.”

However, Dr. Mangione argues that skepticism was Vesalius’ greatest gift to medicine.

“What Vesalius does in many ways is teach us that the things we take for granted as absolutely true, in reality they may not be,” Dr. Mangione said. “He’s the first to say, ‘The emperor has no clothes.’”

The American College of Physicians is celebrating Vesalius’ 500th birthday throughout the year with special lectures and exhibits.


Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), the largest freestanding academic medical center in Philadelphia, is nationally renowned for medical and health sciences education and innovative research.   Founded in 1824, TJU includes the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC), one of the largest private medical schools in the country and ranked among the nation’s best medical schools by U.S. News & World Report, and the Jefferson Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, Population Health and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  Jefferson University Physicians is TJU’s multi-specialty physician practice consisting of the full-time faculty of SKMC.  Thomas Jefferson University partners with its clinical affiliate, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.