ISSN ONLINE: 2558-815X
ISSN PRINT: 1584-9244
ISSN-L: 1584-9244

The Italian anatomist Realdo Colombo (1516-1559) and his contribution to the discovery of pulmonary circulation


In our article we present the anatomical work of the distinguished Renaissance anatomist Realdo Colombo, as well as, his contribution to the discovery of pulmonary circulation. Colombo was not the first to describe the pulmonary circulation, but he backed up this hypothesis with evidence after extensive dissection and vivisection. He paved the way for his successors and particularly William Harvey (1578-1657) to the establishment of anatomy and physiology of blood circulation.
Keywords: history of cardiology, pulmonary circulation, Colombo, anatomy.

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Marianna Karamanou
History of Medicine, Medical School, University of Crete, Greece, P.O. Box 2208,, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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