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Alphabe Thursday V is for Vesalius

October 17, 2013

Unashamedly, I have written about Andreas Vesalius before. Born in Belgium 1514 he was an anatomist, physician , and author of one of the most influential books on human anatomy  De humani corporis fabrica. 1543; which is one of our treasured tomes here at the library.

Vesalius is often referred to as the founder of modern human anatomy. He was professor at the University of Padua and later became Imperial physician at the court of Emperor Charles V.

Once year we have students from local schools come to Special Collections to do work experience. If they have been studying the history of science, an opportunity to see an original copy of Vesalius’ work is always welcomed.  Although I do not particularly ‘enjoy’  some of the explicit drawings as much as they do!

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2013 10:34 am

    Fascinating post! Thanks for sharing.

  2. October 17, 2013 1:05 pm

    Wow – I imagine Special Collections would be amazing place to do Work Experience. Those drawings are exquisite, I especially like the detail on the scull.
    Wren

  3. October 17, 2013 2:55 pm

    Wonderfully informative post for V and love the photography ~ carol, x

  4. October 17, 2013 5:33 pm

    very cool for “v”….

    love it!

  5. storybeader permalink
    October 18, 2013 3:02 am

    Vesalius ‘s drawings look like they would be a lot of fun to color! I also work in the Special Collections of our museum. It’s really neat to see the joy in peoples’ faces when they find things. {:-Deb

    • October 18, 2013 8:18 am

      Yes we do take things for granted … and the specially things should be enjoyed and coloured 🙂 Reminds me of a Mr Bean sketch in the library have you seen it ?

  6. October 18, 2013 3:28 am

    Always nice to learn more about mythology. I know very little, so thank you.

    • October 18, 2013 8:19 am

      me too (knowing little) … I just work wtih information and very lucky xx

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