The Fabric of the Human Body: Spectacular edition of foundational 16th C anatomy text, 20 years in the making


David Hast sez, "Karger Publishing has released an important new translation of a foundational book in the history of science, the 16th century 'De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem' by Andreas Vesalius. Vesalius was the first modern anatomist, relying for the first time in history on dissections of human cadavers. His anatomy is a foundation of modern medicine and of the understanding of the human body."

The edition is annotated, with fabulous reproductions of the original plates of the anatomical drawings (which were done by the school of Titian). The book has just been released, though its copyright is 2014 to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the birth of Vesalius.

My father, Malcolm H. Hast, an emeritus professor at Northwestern University Medical School, is co-translator of the book, along with Daniel H. Garrison, a Latinist, also from Northwestern. They took 20 years to complete this translation!

The Fabric of the Human Body: An Annotated Translation of the 1543 and 1555 Editions of "De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem", by D.H. Garrison and M.H. Hast [Amazon]

Transforming Vesalius: 1514-2014 [Karger]









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  1. While I understand a great deal of work has gone into the translation and annotation, the price? Seriously? $1650?

    Now, in the past, books of this nature certainly would have a small audience, and so pricing them high was the only way to recoup the time and expense. Today? With BOINGBOING readers along, if this were priced, even as high as $250, the increase in sales would make up for the reduced margin.

    I had IMMEDIATELY gone to look at this as a superb gift but...at that price? I'll just look at the Amazon page longingly.

  2. Is is printed on human skin?

  3. Those skeletons look exactly the same as they do today! So much for Evolution, amirite?

  4. CLamb says:

    Not printed--tattooed.

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