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October 20, 1999

AnatomyAndreas Vesalius' On the Fabric of the Human Body: Book 1: The Bones and Cartilage, a Translation of De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by William Frank Richardson and John Burd Carman (Norman Anatomy Series, No. 1; Norman Orthopedic Series, No. 4; Norman Landmarks Series, No. 1) 416 pp, with illus, $225, ISBN 0-930405-73-0, San Francisco, Calif, Norman Publishing, 1988.

JAMA. 1999;282(15):1484-1485. doi:10.1001/jama.282.15.1484

What a beautiful book. I'm full of appreciation and gratitude for the architects of this edifice—Richardson, the translator, and Carman, the anatomist—and Norman Publishing. I have found, when reading the original work of Aristotle and Homer, that I relied on the help of many friends who know the ancient Greek much, much better than I. In another work on Vesalius, the authors assert "even a minor slip here can easily distort a careful piece of research or exposition and turn it into error or even absurdity."1

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