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  Andreas Vesalius described his discovery of the vein he called Dignitarius in his De Humani Corporis Fabrica, published in Basle in 1543. (Fig.2.) His description was probably based on even earlier mention of it in 'Felgtbuch der Wundartzney' by German anatomist Hans von Gersdorff, (Fig.1.)who placed the bone by the same name in the back of a human skull. Both mentions were finally confirmed in the end of XX c. when Matt L. was examined during a regular check-up.

 Figure 1. The woodcut from Hans von Gersdorff's Feldtbuch der Wundartzney , Strassburg, 1517. This is a separate medical broadside, which was later incorporated in the field manual of surgery by the publisher, Schott. This is the first appearance of a newly discovered bone Os Dignitarius in scientific medical literature.    Figure 2. Woodcut attributed to the Workshop of Titian from Vesalius' De Humani Corporis Fabrica, Basle, 1543. Though not strictly accurate according to modern standards, it nonetheless represents a definite and irrevocable break with Galenist anatomical conceptions. The vein Dignitarius is represented here for the first time.

The latest news: Matt, Lida and Josiah moved to Baltimore, where Josiah is breathing a fresh air of Maryland and Matt is teaching science at school.