The fabric of the human body
On the Fabric of the Human Body: A Translation of de Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem by Andreas Vesalius
On the Fabric of the Human Body, Books III and IV
Folio, bound in full 18th century calf, woodcut title page with Vesalius performing a dissection, woodcut portrait of the author, over woodcut anatomical illustrations, including 21 full page and 2 folding-sheet figural woodcuts of the skeletal, muscular, vascular and nervous systems. In very good condition with some light dampstaining to some page edges. Rare and desirable, especially in contemporary calf. Sixteenth century Flemish anatomist and physician Andreas Vesalius studied medicine at the University of Paris and received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Padua in The University of Padua was home to the most prestigious medical school in Europe at the time yet based its curriculum primarily on ancient and erroneous understandings of the human body, still holding to the anatomy of ancient Greek physician and surgeon Galen.
On the Fabric of the Human Body is one of the most influential works in the history of Western medicine. It was conceived and written by year-old Andreas Vesalius c. Vesalius was both a gifted dissector and a learned scholar, who applied to anatomy the critical methods developed by humanist scholars. He subjected the ancient authorities on anatomy to a rigorous test: a comparison with his own observations of the dissected human body. He collected and presented his findings in De Humani Corporis Fabrica and, in doing so, created the modern science of anatomy. The book was published in Basle in , with more than pages of text and beautifully detailed engravings by artists from the workshop of Titian. On the introduction to De Fabrica , shown here, is the only known first-hand portrait of Vesalius, shown with a partly dissected corpse.
The magic of Vesalius's De Humani Corporis Fabrica lies not so much in the marvellous dissections and illustrations, but in the understanding that this one man virtually invented human anatomy. De Fabrica was published in in seven books written in Latin.
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Last updated: July 12, Toggle navigation World Digital Library. Listen to this page. Read Online. The volume is preserved in the Riccardiana Library in Florence.
We were forced to these lengths because, though eager to learn, we had no teachers to assist us in this aspect of medicine. This monumental, seven-book tome is one of the most important books ever published in the history of medicine, as it revolutionized not only the science of anatomy but also the way it was taught. Written in Latin, the book has never been translated other than into Russian—until now, when Dr. It is a project he began five years ago, and the first fruit— Book I —has just been published through Norman Publishing. The book remains a fixture in medical libraries around the world. It would probably be difficult for most people to find the level of commitment to keep going: after five years of this disciplined approach, his book mark still only divides the original volume in half.