Life of Bartolomeo Eustachi

Eustachi studied medicine in Rome and Padua. He spent most of his professional career in Rome where he taught anatomy, performed autopsies and dissections, and served as the physician to the Duke of Urbino and eventually the Cardinal Giulio Della Rovere. He was a supporter of Galenic anatomy, unlike his contemporary, Vesalius. He studied the anatomy of the internal ear and correctly described the tube that now bears his name (the Eustachian tube). By 1552, Eustachi had drawn and engraved 47 plates showing the human anatomy he had investigated; however, only 8 plates were printed with text during his lifetime. The unpublished plates were not discovered until the 18th century by Giovanni Maria Lancisi, who proceeded to publish the remaining plates with text in 1714 under the title Tabulae anatomicae Bartholomaei Eustachii. Had his entire collection of plates been published during his lifetime, it is probable that both Eustachi and Vesalius would be recognized as the cofounders of modern human anatomy, as opposed to only Vesalius. Sources: & & Image source: Wikimedia commons (public domain).

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1510 to 1574