Insights into the human body

Andreas Vesalius
Epitome of the seven books on the fabric of the human body
Basel: J. Oporinus, 1543

Andreas Vesalius transformed the study of the human body with this work based on dissections he undertook as a medical lecturer in Padua. The 3D manikin shown here was made by the user of the book, who was instructed to cut out the individually printed organs, then glue them together in a specific order to form a pop-up version of the human body. Barely twenty years later the first recorded human dissection in England took place in Cambridge; notes made at that event will be on display alongside tools used in the nineteenth century and photographs taken for teaching anatomy in the twenty-first.

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