JOHANN BACHOVEN VON ECHT (1515-1576) AND HIS WORK ON SCURVY: AN OMEN OF VESALIUS’ DEATH?
A discussion is given of the figure of Johann Bachoven von Echt and his family and on his work on scurvy. The disease is evaluated as a possible cause of the death of Andreas Vesalius. Echt’s relationship with Jan Wier and his connections with Vesalius and Metellus are illustrated. A historical overview of the literature on scurvy is provided highlighting the importance of the work of Echtius and Ronsse for the early knowledge of that disease. A report by Metellus on the circumstances of Vesalius’ death is added.