View rare 1555 edition of Vesalius!


*This is NOT a BCD event. This is just something we love.*

Friday, April 17, 2020

Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Michigan State University (North Campus)
Main Library
Special Collections Seminar Room

Cost: FREE!

Special Collections will be doing some amazing Friday pop-ups. Hands-on display of rare, unusual and historical titles.

Park in the surface street visitors lot, Lot #62W (99 Red Cedar Road, East Lansing). Pay by plate by the hour. Use the footbridge, walk over the beautiful Red Cedar River, enter MSU Library doors straight ahead.

MSU Library's Rare Book Room will share their rare book: De Humani Corporis Fabrica (1555) Andrea Vesalius.

It's 18 inches high and 800 pages long.

Vesalius brought the field of human autopsies into the modern era.

At the time, the Catholic Church told him that dissecting the human body was sinful.

During that time, physicians were still learning about anatomy from the Greek physician Galen (2nd century).

The book was originally published in 1543. It provided some of the first anatomically accurate illustrations of the structure of the human body and was a major advance in the history of anatomy.