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“Andreas Vesalius and the Beginnings of Modern Medical Science” presented by Lonnie Somer.

In 16th century Europe, surviving medical treatment was often more a matter of luck than medical competence, and doctors were more likely to harm than cure.  Medical expertise was measured in one’s ability to quote ancient Greek philosophers, and dissection and anatomical research were considered blasphemy.  Andreas Vesalius challenged this tradition, ultimately resulting in the rise of modern medical science.

Location: Building 3, room 102

History Seminar is a weekly series of presentations by Highline faculty and other guest speakers about a topic in their field of expertise. This series is taken for college credit but is also open to the public.