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Med. H o w e v e r , Vesalius considers, following exact humanistic interpretation, that pleurisy is only a special case of dolor lateralis which he believes the ancients used as a general term. " H e therefore uses the term as "pain in the side" and hence w e have preserved the Latin form as a technical expression. 90. In Vesalius's time the axillary vein was thought of as the modern subclavian, axillary and basilic veins in continuity. H e here, of course, means basilic vein. It was not until later that Vesalius recognized the brachial veins, which he refers to as the vena profunda axillaris, and which led to his accusation that Galen saw and described the superficial veins of the arm only.
T h a t Charles V was pleased with the Tabulae would be due to the favourable opinion of his court physicians such as F l o renas and to the flattery inserted in the dedication, but Vesalius's eventual court position was no doubt assured later with the publication of his major work, the Fabrica ( 1 5 4 3 ) , dedicated to the emperor directly. In issuing these Tabulae Vesalius had already begun to run counter to the opinion of his master, Jacobus Sylvius ( 1 4 7 8 - 1 5 5 5 ) , w h o held such efforts up to scorn.
Curationium medicinalium centuriae (Basiliae, 1556), 1, cur. 5 1 , p. 84. 85. H . Cushing, E . C . Streeter, Monumenta medica iv [Canano 1 (Florence, 1 9 2 5 ) , p. 34. 86. Fabrica ( 1 5 5 5 ) , L i b . in, cap. 4. 87. Observât, anat. (Parisiis, 1 5 6 2 ) , p. 74. 88. Controversarium medici et philos. (Compiuti, 1556). Andreas Vesalius Bruxellensis 35 subject had to await the rediscovery by Fabricius to direct Harvey to a knowledge of the circulation. Thefirstedition of the venesection letter was published by Robert Winter at Basel in 1539.