The self-publicist whose medical text books caused a stir

Published nearly 500 years ago, Andreas Vesalius’s medical text books occupy an important place in scientific history. Intricate art, unlike anything that had been seen before, sits alongside detailed text that sought to change the way bodies were dissected post mortem. Cambridge University Library holds well-preserved copies of the Fabrica, and its companion piece the Epitome – publications that helped Vesalius realise his personal ambitions in the 16th Century court of the Holy Roman Empire.

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