Thomas Bartholin

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Bartholin, Thomas


(also T. Bartholinus). Born 1616; died 1680. Danish anatomist. Studied in Copenhagen, Leiden, Padua, and Basel.

Bartholin discovered the thoracic duct and the lymphatic system in humans (1652–54). He refuted the existing notion of the hematopoietic role of the liver. Bartholin’s son Kaspar (1655–1738) was also an anatomist. The duct of the sublingual gland and the glands of the vaginal vestibule are named for Kaspar Bartholin.


De lacteis thoracicis in homine brutisgue .... Copenhagen, 1652.
Vasa lymphatica .... Copenhagen, 1653.
De anatome practica. Copenhagen, 1674.


Biographisches Lexikon der hervorragenden Änte aller Zeiten und Volker, 2nd ed., vol. 1. Berlin-Vienna, 1929. Page 358.