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Medicine Through Time - Andreas Vesalius, 1514-64

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About the Course

In this course, Professor Dániel Margócsy (University of Cambridge) looks at the 16th-century anatomist and physician Andreas Vesalius (1514-64) and his contribution to medicine. In the first module, we look at Vesalius himself and then turn to consider the publication of his De Humani Corporis Fabrica. In the second module, we focus on the reception and impact of Vesalius in England, before in the third module turning to look at the professionalisation of medicine which was occurring in Europe at the time. In the fourth module, we consider the challenges to authority that medicine was issuing during the 16th century, before finally in the fifth module, turning our attention to the wider world of healing, situating Vesalius within his wider medical context.

About the Lecturer

Professor Dániel Margócsy is Professor in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Cambridge University. He is an expert on early modern natural history and medicine, in particular specialising in the life and work of Andreas Vesalius. His recent publications include The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius: A Worldwide Descriptive Census, Ownership, and Annotations of the 1543 and 1555 Editions (2018) and Commercial Visions: Science, Trade and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age (2014).