The Radcliffe Science Library is currently exhibiting a new edition of De Humani Corporis Fabrica (The Fabric of the Human Body), by Andreas Vesalius (1514 - 1564) - an annotated English translation (2012) by D. H. Garrison and M. H. Hast. This was purchased thanks to the generosity of donors, including the Friends of the Bodleian and Professor Alastair Buchan, Head of the Medical Sciences Division. It was previously on display in the Cairns Library at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

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 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 September] in the Entrance Hall Lounge throughout the RSL's opening hours (Monday to Friday 8.30am-7pm and Saturday 10am-2pm). Contact enquiries.rsl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 272800 for more information.

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