Art: Anatomy's 400th

". . . It is known vaguely, if at all, as an old volume that contains some possibly distressing illustrations of skeletons and muscles."

Thus complains the Metropolitan Museum's scholarly Curator of Prints William M. Ivins Jr., writing of one of the most nobly illustrated volumes in the world. The book is Andreas Vesalius' The Fabric of the Human Body, printed in Basel just 400 years ago. This work visualized for the first time in history the true structure of the human form and was called by the late, great Sir William Osier "the...

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