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“The Fabrica, the Epitome, and Issues of Accessibility in Early Modern Anatomy”

February 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 12:00 NOON Wilson Special Collections Library, Room 504

The Fabrica, the Epitome, and Issues of Accessibility in Early Modern Anatomy

Michael J. Clark, PhD Candidate, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC-Chapel Hill and 2018 McLendon-Thomas Award Winner


This talk will discuss how Andreas Vesalius increased access to human anatomy with the publication of De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem in 1543. By painstakingly designing his illustrations and the corresponding text to accurately represent what he had observed during actual dissections, Vesalius intended his magnum opus to serve as a textual supplement for live demonstrations in the anatomy theater, and simultaneously designed a shorter Epitome that served as a “footpath” to aid novice students of anatomy.


Michael J. Clark is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill who specializes in Renaissance drama and the history of medicine. In his dissertation, Michael examines how trust and distrust between patients and physicians are depicted in Italian, English, and French Renaissance comedy. At UNC, Michael’s teaching experience has been cross-disciplinary and has included Italian language courses, first-year composition courses, and introductory literature courses. In addition to these teaching responsibilities, Michael has also served as a coach at the UNC Writing Center.


About the Bullitt History of Medicine Club


The Bullitt History of Medicine Club is a student organization within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. The club promotes the understanding and appreciation of the historical foundations upon which current medical knowledge and practice is constructed, by encouraging social and intellectual exchanges between faculty members, medical students, and members of the community. The club’s annual McLendon-Thomas Award recognizes the best unpublished essay on a historical topic in the health sciences written by a UNC-Chapel Hill student. Please visit the Bullitt History of Medicine Club website for more information.


February 26, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm