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- Publication of the Chirurgia Magna of Paracelsus, a translation into Latin of his work on surgery, Die grosse Wundartzney (1536), in Basel, allowing its wider dissemination throughout Europe.
- January 10 – Simon Marius, German astronomer who names the Galilean moons of Jupiter (died 1624).
- July 12 – Christoph Scheiner, German astronomer who observes sunspots (died 1650).
- September 28 – Théodore de Mayerne, Swiss-born physician (died 1654 or 1655).
- April 29 – Guillaume Le Testu, French privateer, explorer and cartographer (born c. 1509) (beheaded by Spanish troops in Panama).
- July 29 – John Caius, English physician and benefactor (born 1510).
- Zimmerman, Leo M.; Veith, Ilza (1961). Great Ideas in the History of Surgery. Baltimore, Md: Williams & Wilkins.