Vesalius: 500 Years of Innovation: 1555

This LibGuide documents an exhibition that ran at the Marriott Library from July 11, 2014 to October 3rd 2014

De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem

Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564)
Basileae: per Ionnem Oporinum, 1555
Second edition
Rare Books Division QM25. V4 1555 Oversize
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The second edition of Andreas Vesalius’ “Anatomy” is considered better than the first for its superior production. The paper was heavier, enabling clearer reproduction of the illustrations.  A new typeface, designed by Parisian Claude Garamond after a classical Roman type from the Renaissance, was used for the text. Vesalius added to the second edition corrections, additions and new information enabling the discovery of the circulating nature of blood. Vesalius extended his report on the effects of the nerve section, on laryngeal paralysis, on artificial respiration by intratracheal intubation, and the continuation of life after the removal of the spleen
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