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November 18, 1950

The Illustrations from the Works of Andreas Vesalius of Brussels: With Annotations and Translations, a Discussion of the Plates and Their Background, Authorship and Influence, and a Biographical Sketch of Vesalius

JAMA. 1950;144(12):1043-1044. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920120067039

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Abstract

A monumental contribution to medical and surgical history has been made by Professors Saunders and O'Malley in this superb collection of the anatomic drawings of Andreas Vesalius, the father of modern anatomy. The seven books of his famous work "De Humani Corporis Fabrica," his equally famous "Epitome" and his less well known but important "Tabulae Sex" were all illustrated by Vesalius himself with drawings comparable to those of the masters of art. That so skilled a scientist should also have been an artist of compelling talent is the good fortune of all who are fortunate enough to acquire this book. Nor need they all be members of the profession, for the collection is striking and memorable enough to offer any book lover a rich experience.

The editors who prepared the accompanying text were ideally equipped for the task. J. B. deC. M. Saunders, professor of anatomy and chairman of the

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