Hans von Gersdorff and Hans Wechtlin; when battlefield surgery and anatomy met artAnastasios Vasilopoulos, Gregory Tsoucalas, Vasilios Thomaidis, Aliki Fiska
History of Medicine, Anatomy Department, Medical School, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece
International Medicine 2020; 2(1): 74-78 | DOI: 10.5455/im.68441 PDF
Hans von Gersdorf was an experienced German battlefield surgeon born in Strasbourg. His book "Feldbuch der Wundartzney" put him in history of medicine’s hall of fame, since it introduced new methods of treatment for gunshot wounds and lower limb amputations, all depicted with fine illustrations. Hans Wechtlin, the artist who engraved some of the first anatomical fugitive sheets, was the engraver who undertook the task to help Gersdorff present his book. Gersdorff's treatise included two of the illustrious sheets; the skeleton and the dissected body, depicting one of the first human dissection in the 16th century. This work marked the era when anatomists, surgeons and gifted artists began to create anatomy atlases.
Keywords: anatomy, atlas, dissection, Germany, medicine