From our advisory board members:

Translated by Daniel H. Garrison:

Vesalius: The China Root Epistle: A New Translation and Critical Edition.

By Sachiko Kusukawa:

Picturing the Book of Nature: Image, Text and Argument in Sixteenth-Century Human Anatomy and Medical Botany.

By Vivian Nutton:

Ancient Medicine (Sciences of Antiquity Series).

Vesalius Revised. His Annotations to the 1555 Fabrica.

Medical History 20012;56:415443 (DOI 10.1017/mdh.2012.26).

By Hubert Steinke:

Medical Correspondence in Early Modern Europe. An Introduction. Gesnerus 2004;61(3–4):139–160.


Other background reading on Vesalius, anatomy and related topics:

 - Vesalius A: Historical Anatomies on the Web: De corporis humani fabrica libri septem via the US National Library of Medicine.

 - Vesalius A: De corporis humani fabrica libri septem (complete facsimile) via the Posner Memorial Collection at Carnegie Mellon University.

 - Biesbrouck M: Andreas Vesalius: Site covering the life and works of Andreas Vesalius, the father of anatomy. Includes a recently updated bibliography. Content in English and Dutch.

 - Lynn M: Wonders & Marvels: Pipes, Reins, & the Cerebral Winepress: Mechanical Metaphor in Vesalius’ Fabrica. 2012.

 - Popova M: Brain Pickings: 100 Diagrams that Changed the World. 2012.

 - Kieffer J: Buzz Patrol: 8 Geeky Anatomical Representations For Science Nerds To Relish and Mustard. 2012.  

- Medical Illustration: Art in Medical Education.

 Heart Views 2011;12:83–91 (DOI 10.4103/1995-705X.86023)

 - Animated Anatomies: The Human Body in Anatomical Texts from the 16th to 21st Centuries.

The website features numerous images, videos, descriptions and other information stemming from a 2011 exhibition by Duke University's Duke Libraries exploring anatomical flap books.

 - Codex 99: De Humani Corporis Fabrica. 2009.

Codex 99 is a website about the history of the visual arts and graphic design.

 - Hayes B: The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray's Anatomy. 2008.

- Vesalius’ Fabrica: The Marriage of Art and Anatomy

 Arch Facial Plast Surg 2001;3(3):220–221 (DOI 10.1001/archfaci.3.3.220)