Jacob B. Winsløw

Jacques-Bénigne Winslow

1669 (Odense, Denmark) – 1760 (Paris)

Probably the leading anatomist of the 18th century, particularly noted for his recognition of the central nervous system, Winsløw produced the first treatise of purely descriptive (i.e., rigorously scientific) anatomy. Buffon got him a job at the Jardin du Roi: Haller and Albinus, later so influential themselves, both studied under him. Fauchard, often described as the father of modern dentistry, was a close professional colleague.

Jacob B. Winsløw knew…