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Even if I am able to accomplish this task by native ability, I prefer, since times are such, and what ever the subject may be, to maintain silence rather than to expose myself publicly (which is today the common practice) to the attacks of others by new and heterodox opinions. As you well know, even the most erudite dispute fiercely among themselves, with unbridled enthusiasm and by contentious subtlety in open and wordy contradictions, on the place of venesection in dolor lateralis; and to such an extent that few physicians of any reputation are to be found who have not undertaken to publish some example of their cleverness in this affair, thereby engendering among their opponents the most atrocious charges and envious attack.

A t this period he usually follows the classical authors and refers to the saphenous veins as venae ad malleolos, adding interior or exterior as the case m a y be. T h e small saphenous is frequently vena ex poplite. H y r t l , Anatomie, p. 2 1 2 , points out that despite the Greek words σαφή* and σαφηνή*, these adjectives were never used b y the ancient writers to describe these veins but were taken over from the Canon of Avicenna almost intact from the Arabic, säfin. T h e word, curiously the opposite in meaning to the similar sounding Greek adjective, means the concealed or hidden one.

Johann Guinter (Günther, Guintherius, Gonthier, W i n t e r , Winther, 1 5 0 5 1574) was born at Andernach. Physician, anatomist and humanist, his influence was v e r y great owing to the number and distinction of his pupils. H e taught at Paris from 1527 to 1 5 3 7 , where he had as students, Vesalius, Servetus, Rondelet and many others. H e spent the years 1 5 3 7 - 1 5 4 4 in Metz and from thence went to Strasburg to teach Greek in the famous school of Jean Sturm, and later, 1549-1558, medicine.

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