Anat Cell Biol.  2013 Dec;46(4):235-238. 10.5115/acb.2013.46.4.235.

Evolution of the paranasal sinuses' anatomy through the ages

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  • 1Department of Anatomy, Medical Faculty, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece. g_paraskevas@yahoo.gr

Abstract

Previously, anatomists considered paranasal sinuses as a mysterious region of the human skull. Historically, paranasal sinuses were first identified by ancient Egyptians and later, by Greek physicians. After a long period of no remarkable improvement in the understanding of anatomy during the Middle Ages, anatomists of the Renaissance period-Leonardo da Vinci and Vesalius-made their own contribution. Nathaniel Highmore's name is also associated with the anatomy of paranasal sinuses as he was first to describe the maxillary sinus.

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Paranasal sinuses; Anatomy; History
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