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The Science and Health Care Libraries are pleased to announce that they are displaying a new edition of De Humani Corporis Fabrica (The Fabric of the Human Body), by Andreas Vesalius (1514 – 1564) - an annotated translation (2012) by D. H. Garrison and M. H. Hast.

It was purchased thanks to the generosity of donors, including the Friends of the Bodleian and Professor Alastair Buchan, Head of the Medical Sciences Division, and will initially be displayed in the Cairns Library at the John Radcliffe Hospital, before being transferred to the Radcliffe Science Library.

Vesalius is a major figure in medical history thanks to his ground breaking work in anatomy, and Fabrica is one of the most important books in the history of medicine as it fostered a radical shift in anatomical and medical thinking. This new English translation is timed to mark the 500th anniversary of his birth, and incorporates the 1543 and 1555 editions as well as Vesalius' later annotations, showing the development of his thoughts and findings and which aspects of traditional knowledge he accepted and rejected.

More information can be found at www.vesalius-fabrica.com. The exhibit runs until the end of August in the Cairns Library, Level 3 John Radcliffe Hospital, Monday to Friday 9am-7pm (Wednesday 10am-7pm). From September it will be on display in the Radcliffe Science Library. Contact hcl-enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk  or 01865 221936 to arrange a visit.

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