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Frigeis, Lazaro de

FRIGEIS, LAZARO DE

FRIGEIS, LAZARO DE (16th century), physician. Scholars disagree on whether he was a native of Hungary or Holland. When Andrea Vesalius (1514–1564), the great anatomist, came to Padua, Frigeis became a member of his close circle of friends. He furnished Vesalius with the Hebrew names for some of the anatomic structures described in Vesalius' epochmaking work De Humani Corporis Fabrica and possibly also those appearing in Tabulae Anatomicae. The Hebrew anatomical terms used are for the most part taken from the Hebrew translation of the Canon of Avicenna and in some cases directly from the Talmud.

bibliography:

S.E. Franco, in: rmi, 15 (1949), 495–515, incl. bibl.; C. Singer and C. Rabin, Prelude to Modern Science (1946), xxvi, 24, 30.

[Suessmann Muntner]

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