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History of Classical Anatomy

  1. Christopher E Cosans

Published Online: 25 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003091



How to Cite

Cosans, C. E. 2001. History of Classical Anatomy. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2001

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Anatomy was developed in ancient Greece by physicians and natural philosophers who used dissection and vivisection to investigate the nature of the body. Throughout classical antiquity different techniques were advanced as anatomists debated various theories.


  • anatomy;
  • body;
  • dissection;
  • experiment;
  • vivisection