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On the Fabric of the Human Body; Book I: The Bones and Cartilages; Book II: The Ligaments and Muscles

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 27 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:243
  1. James R Heron, professor of neurology
  1. Newcastle-under-Lyme

    On the Fabric of the Human Body

    Andreas Vesalius. Translated by William Frank Richardson in collaboration with John Burd Carman

    Book I: The Bones and Cartilages

    Norman Anatomy, $225, pp 416

    ISBN 0 930405 73 0

    Book II: The Ligaments and Muscles

    Norman Anatomy, $250, pp 492

    ISBN 0 930405 75 7

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    Ease of communication is the touchstone in the fabric of our present lively society. Vesalius possessed this virtue to a consummate degree. By the close integration of text, commentary, and illustration, he gave the renaissance world a definitive anatomical thesis. It proclaimed the science of anatomy, based on precise observation, and it revised and displaced the foundations of the subject set by Galen (AD 130-c200), whose dogma had been …

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