From his birth in Brussels in 1514 to his unexplained death on a Greek island 50 years later, this biography summarizes Vesalius’ remarkable life and work.

Truth and Myth

How to get cadavers for dissection? What’s unique about the skeleton of Basel? What is intriguing about Vesalius? Answers to many questions by expert Dr. Garrison.


Vesalius’ handwritten notes in a 16th-century copy of the Fabrica give reason to the speculation that a third edition of the Fabrica was planned.