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Diogenes of Apollonia: A pioneer in vascular anatomy
Version of Record online: 24 JUL 2006
Copyright © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
The Anatomical Record Part B: The New Anatomist
Volume 289B, Issue 4, pages 116–120, July 2006
How to Cite
Crivellato, E., Mallardi, F. and Ribatti, D. (2006), Diogenes of Apollonia: A pioneer in vascular anatomy. Anat. Rec., 289B: 116–120. doi: 10.1002/ar.b.20106
- Issue online: 24 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 24 JUL 2006
- Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca, Rome
- anatomy, blood vessels;
- Diogenes of Apollonia;
- Greek philosophy;
Diogenes of Apollonia was a pre-Socratic philosopher who lived in the 5th century BC and provided the first systematic and fairly truthful account of blood vessel architecture in man. This article presents Diogenes' report and comments on the most significant passages of his vascular description. It also discusses the magnitude of Diogenes' contribution to shape early theories regarding blood vessel physiology. What emerges from this portrait is the figure of an eclectic spirit, who remarkably influenced the development of leading concepts in vascular anatomy and biology. Anat Rec (Part B: New Anat) 289B:116–120, 2006. © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.