Vesalius Continuum 2014 Conference and the unveiling of the new monument in honor of the 500th anniversary of Andreas Vesalius
In Zakynthos, Greece, Theo Dirix, Pascale Pollier and Mark Gardiner, the organizers of the Vesalius Continuum, with support from the Mayor and communities of Zakynthos, hosted the Vesalius conference from Sept4-8. Saturday September 6th, Professor Brion Benninger, a Sports Medicine Physician, Clinical Anatomist and Reverse translational researcher from Western University of Health Sciences, Lebanon, Oregon USA, an invited guest speaker presented his unique work on "Vesalius, Google Glass-Ultrasound-Dissection – The Triple Feedback". Professor Benninger demonstrated how Vesalius used a dynamic approach to reveal human anatomy. I wanted to try to be as innovative as Vesalius. He reproduced the concept of dynamic anatomy by integrating Google Glass with the human touch while examining a person producing an ultrasound image from a novel finger probe developed by Sonivate to create Triple feedback. Triple feedback includes the palpation stethoscope (human touch), observation of surface anatomy (external visual stethoscope) and ultrasound images of human anatomy during human touch (internal visual stethoscope). This allows for better patient-doctor communication during the physical examination. He believes this may reduce patient waiting times and possibly be the key to revolutionize cardiac resuscitation along with many other benefits. Professor Benninger said it was an honour to interact and collaborate inter professionally with renowned Medical artists, historians, physicians and anatomists. Medical artists and historians are invaluable in capturing and telling the story of Medicine. He acknowledged this Vesalius conference was a tremendously success and thanked the Greek and Belgium governments and organizers for all their support.
Art and Science in symbiosis