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Vol. 19, No. 2, 1999
Issue release date: March – April
Section title: Origins of Renal Physiology (Dedicated to Carl Gottschalk)
Free Access in Honor of Vesalius' 500th Anniversary
Am J Nephrol 1999;19:282–289

The Low Countries – 16th/17th Century

De Broe M.E.a · De Weerdt D.L.a · Ysebaert D.K.b · Vercauteren S.R.b · De Greef K.E.b · De Broe L.C.c
Departments of aNephrology and bExperimental Surgery, University of Antwerp, and cZeneca Pharma, Ghent,Belgium
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Marc E. De Broe, MD, PhD

Department of Nephrology-Hypertension

University Hospital of Antwerp, Wilrijkstraat 10

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Andreas Vesalius and Jan Baptist Van Helmont are the two major personalities who contributed substantially and in a different way to the early development of renal anatomy/physiology of the 16th/17th century in the Southern Low Countries. The importance of A. Vesalius’ publication ‘de humani corporis fabrica libri septem’ cannot be overestimated. The kidney was an intriguing organ to Vesalius, the function of which he could not fully grasp. J.B. Van Helmont was the first to demonstrate the importance of the measurement of the specific gravity of the urine and relating it to physiological and pathophysiological conditions. He made accurate clinical observations supported by autopsy examinations concerning the role of the kidney in the generation of dropsy.

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Abstract of Origins of Renal Physiology (Dedicated to Carl Gottschalk)

Published online: April 23, 1999
Issue release date: March – April

Number of Print Pages: 8
Number of Figures: 10
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0250-8095 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9670 (Online)

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