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Due to his rejection of the [[Trinity]] and eventual execution by [[Execution by burning|burning]] for [[heresy]], Servetus is often regarded as the first of (modern) [[Unitarian martyrs]]. A few scholars insist he had more in common with [[Sabellianism]] or [[Arianism]] or that he even had a theology unique to himself. Nevertheless his influence on the beginnings of the Unitarian movement in Poland and Transylvania has been confirmed by scholars,<ref name="kot">See Stanislas Kot, "L'influence de Servet sur le mouvement atitrinitarien en Pologne et en Transylvanie", in B. Becker (Ed.), ''Autour de Michel Servet et de Sebastien Castellion'', Haarlem, 1953.</ref> and two Unitarian Universalist congregations are named after him, in Minnesota[http://www.msuu.org/] and Washington[http://msuuf.org/]. A church window is also dedicated to Servetus at the [http://www.firstuubrooklyn.org/history.html First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn, NY].
Servetus was the first European to describe the function of [[pulmonary circulation]], although it was not widely recognized at the time, for a few reasons. One was that the description appeared in a theological treatise, ''Christianismi Restitutio'', not in a book on medicine. Further, most copies of the book were burned shortly after its publication in 1553. Three copies survived, but these remained hidden for decades. It was not until [[William Harvey]]'s dissections in 1616 that the function of pulmonary circulation was widely accepted by physicians. It is increasingly recognised that the discovery of the pulmonary circulation was made 300 years earlier by Ala-al-Din Abu al-Hasan Ali Ibn Abi al-Hazm al-Qarshi al-Dimashqi
In 1984, a [[Zaragoza]] public hospital changed its name from [[José Antonio Primo de Rivera|José Antonio]] to ''Miguel Servet''. It is now a university hospital. Most Spanish cities also include at least a street, square or park named after Servetus.