Adriaan van den Spiegel

Adriaan van den Spiegel (1578 – 1625)

Adriaan van den Spiegel (1578 – 1625) was a Flemish anatomist and botanist.

Spiegel practiced medicine in Padua, and is considered one of the great physicians associated with the city. He studied anatomy under Girolamo Fabrici.


  • Born 1578, Brussels
  • Died 7 April 1625, Padua

Medical Eponyms

  • Spigelian hernia – hernia of the Spiegelian fascia [Hernia de la ligne semilunaire de Spiegel; Spiegel hernia]
  • Spiegelian fascia
  • Spigelian line – lateral margin of the rectus abdominis muscle [Spiegel’s line; Linea semilunaris]
  • Spiegel lobe – caudate lobe of the liver (described previously by Bartolomeo Eustachi)
  • Spigelia – genus of flowering plants in the family Loganiaceae with around 60 species


  • Alternate names: Adrianus Spigelius; Adriani Spigelii; Adriano Spigeli; Spigel; Spieghel; Spiegelius

Major Publications


BA MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM. Emergency physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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