Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Andreas Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica

  • Redefining the medical artist

    Meena MalhotraChicago, Illinois, USA Medical illustration is a long-standing tradition that dates back to the sixteenth-century anatomist and physician Andreas Vesalius. In his preface to his book, De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body), Vesalius commented on the value of images and dissection in learning anatomy: How much pictures aid the…

  • Bidloo and Ruysch: Anatomy and art in the 17th century Netherlands

    Elisabeth BranderSt. Louis, Missouri, United States Of the many distinguished anatomists who worked in the Netherlands during the European Enlightenment, Frederick Ruysch and Govard Bidloo were the two most remarkable. They were contemporaries and aware of each other’s work,1 but at first glance their aesthetic approaches to anatomy seem wildly different. Bidloo (1638-1731) produced an…