Vesalius Book on Display in Library

The new translation of Andreas Vesalius’ masterpiece The Fabric of the Human Body is on display in the Library.


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In 1543 Vesalius sparked a scientific revolution with a magnificent book of anatomical instruction and illustrations: De Humani Corporis Fabrica.  Vesalius’ experience with the dissection of corpses marked a shift in medical education.

The Annotated Translation of the 1543 and 1555 Editions by D.H. Garrison and M.H. Hast, was published to honor the 500th anniversary of Vesalius’ birth in 1514. This English translation, with its reconstructions of Vesalius’ superb illustrations, is a delight for the modern reader.

Visit the Library to enjoy this lovely book. You can’t miss it. Both volumes measure 17 x 12 inches and are on display in the main reading room.

Vesalius, A.: The Fabric of the Human Body: An Annotated Translation of the 1543 and 1555 Editions of De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem by D.H. Garrison and M.H. Hast. Basel, Karger, 2014.

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