Very interesting item at History in an Hour … here’s a tease:
During the third century BCE, the city of Alexandria was home to a remarkable event in the development of ancient medicine as two physicians, named Herophilus and Erasistratus, conducted ground-breaking investigations into internal human anatomy. This research was important not only because it corrected many ancient misconceptions about the body, but because the doctors are believed to have reached their conclusions by dissecting human corpses, a practice outlawed in the Ancient World.
Here’s the rest:
- Herophilus and Erasistratus: The ‘Butchers’ of Alexandria (History in an Hour)