In his A Bio-Bibliography of Andreas Vesalius
(see note 26), Harvey Cushing describes the woodblocks from their 1783 printing:
Nevertheless, by the 16th century, anatomy had progressed as an independent science thanks to the great Renaissance anatomists, in particular Andreas Vesalius
. In the less-restrictive intellectual climate of their day, these men were able to reestablish observation as the accepted means of gaining knowledge about human anatomy.
and the Anatomy of Antique Sculpture." Representations 17 (1987): 28-61.
Selections represent the 16th to 19th centuries, arranged in different sections: by generally accepted periods of development in human anatomy (punctuated by the 16th-century work of Andreas Vesalius
); by specialty (surgery, obstetrics, dentistry); and by material form (flap books, decorative elements, colour).
Art historian Benjamin Rifkin's insightful overview of anatomical works, from Andreas Vesalius
and Jan Stefan van Kalkar's The Fabric of the Human Body (1543) to Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical (1858) by Henry Gray and Henry Vandyke Carter, is largely given over to brief biographies of the anatomists and portfolios of their plates.
In the early 1500s Andreas Vesalius
encouraged the manual participation of his students in anatomical demonstrations, including both vivisections and dissections: "I do not want to give my opinion; you yourselves should feel with your own hands, and trust them." This hands-on, interactive approach was gradually displaced in the university by the conceptual approach of Hieronymus Fabricus, whose anatomical demonstrations were selective and incomplete and did not actively involve the students.
The 1552 edition of 'De Humani Corporis Fabrica' by Belgian anatomist Andreas Vesalius
was stolen from Oxford University along with 70 other items, according to UPI.
Cushing was particularly interested in the work of Andreas Vesalius
As Andreas Vesalius
's De fabrica (1543) began to influence his medical colleagues, Melanchthon took note.
: De Humani Corporis Fabrica, Basil, 1543 OCTAVO CORPORATION, 394 UNIVERSITY AVENUE, PALO ALTO, CA 94301-1715.
He grew up in the company of the boy who would become the world-famous Andreas Vesalius
, and he even helped the young scientist steal a corpse from the gallows for research - a moment he would never forget.