New translation of Vesalius’ “De humani corporis fabrica”

Digitally enhanced image for The Fabric of the Human Body

The University of Chicago Library has recently acquired a wonderful new reference, The Fabric of the Human Body.  The work is a new two-volume set of an English translation of Andreas Vesalius’ 16th century anatomical atlas, De humani corporis fabrica.  This impressive new work features a comprehensive, side by side annotated translation of both the 1543 first and the 1555 second editions.   Dr. Daniel H. Garrison (Professor, Department of Classics, Northwestern University) and Dr. Malcolm H. Hast (Professor Emeritus in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine), spent the last twenty years critically comparing the two editions, resulting in more than 5,000 annotations.   Scholars may visit the Special Collections Research Center to make use of this new translation.  

The purchase of The Fabric of the Human Body was generously supported by the Library Society’s Steering Committee.

Read more about work that created The Fabric of the Human Body in the publisher’s Karger Gazette special issue titled Anatomy & Art through the Ages: