Principles of Anatomy according to the Opinion of Galen by Johann Guinter and Andreas Vesalius - Routledge Early Modern Translations (Hardback)Vivian Nutton (editor)
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Principles of Anatomy according to the Opinion of Galen is a translation of Johann Guinter's textbook as revised and annotated by Guinter's student, Andreas Vesalius, in 1538. Despite Vesalius' fame as an anatomist, his 1538 revision has attracted almost no attention. However, this new translation shows the significant rewrites and additional information added to the original based on his own dissections. 250 newly discovered annotations by Vesalius himself, published here in full for the first time, also show his working methods and ideas.
Together they offer remarkable insights into Vesalius' intellectual biography and the development of his most famous work: De humani corporis fabrica, 1543. An extensive introduction by Vivian Nutton also provides new information on Johann Guinter, and his substantial use of Vesalius' work for his own revised version of the text in 1539. Their joint production, a student textbook, is set against a background of the development of Renaissance anatomy, and of attitudes to their ancient Greek predecessor, Galen of Pergamum.
This text will be of great interest to historians of science and medicine, as well as to Renaissance scholars.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 190
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 mm
Vivian Nutton's command of Renaissance Galenism is superb, and his intimacy with things Vesalian deep and long-standing. This translation and commentary provides a finely-detailed window into an early and critical period of Vesalius's development. It also brings to life the revisable and pedagogically-oriented anatomy of his predecessor, Guinter. Bringing Guinter and Vesalius into scholarly conversation through their alternating editions and revisions, this book sheds new light on a crucial period in the history of anatomy and medicine. It should be a learned introduction for new students of Renaissance anatomy and medicine, and an indispensable resource for specialists.
Evan Ragland, University of Notre Dame, USA
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