The Illustrated Human: The Impact of Andreas Vesalius
Andreas Vesalius was a Renaissance anatomist and physician who revolutionized the study and practice of medicine through his careful description of the anatomy of the human body. Basing his observations on dissections he made himself, he authored the first comprehensive textbook of anatomy, “De humani corporis fabrica libri septem” (“On the Fabric of the Human Body in Seven Books”). Published in 1543, “Fabrica” was the most extensive and accurate description of the human body of its time. Most likely drawn by Vesalius colleague Jan Stephan a Calcar and Italian artist Titian, the “Fabrica” is widely known for its illustrations, where skeletons and bodies with muscular structures exposed pose in scenic, pastoral…
Event Recap: Inaugural Adopt-A-Book Event
This past March, donors braved a sudden spring storm to attend the University of Cincinnati Libraries’ inaugural fundraiser, Hidden Treasures: An Adopt-A-Book Evening. UC Libraries’ Adopt-A-Book program was piloted in 2018 with materials selected from two of the Libraries’ special collections – the Archives and Rare Books Library and the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions. These initial rare materials selected for the Adopt-A-Book program required varying levels of treatment from the Preservation Lab, preserving them for future generations of students, faculty, researchers and scholars. The pilot was a success, resulting in the preservation of 10 rare books and materials; thus providing the inspiration to…
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