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Influential 450-year-old book to be displayed at U of T’s Fisher Library

June 2, 2014

TORONTO, ON – Dr. Vivian Nutton, renowned British historian of medicine and Professor at the Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London, will speak about one of the world’s most important historical medical texts on Tuesday, June 3 at 5:30 pm at the opening for the ‘Vesalius at 500’ exhibition at the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

The ‘Vesalius at 500’ exhibition commemorates the birth of pioneering anatomist Andreas Vesalius (1514–1564) and features a dazzling array of over 35 early anatomical works including a rare 1555 annotated edition of Vesalius’s influential De humani corporis fabrica, or the Fabrica as it is better known. The book is widely regarded as the cornerstone for the study of human anatomy. The copy of the Fabrica on display at the Fisher Library was annotated by Vesalius himself for an anticipated third edition that was never produced.

The exhibition runs until August 29, 2014 (Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm). Admission is free. Free guided tours of the exhibition by curator Philip Oldfield will be held the first Thursday of June, July and August beginning at 6 pm. A video interview with curator Philip Oldfield is available online at


WHAT: Opening lecture for the Vesalius at 500 Exhibition with guest speaker: Dr. Vivian Nutton, Professor, Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London

WHERE: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St. George Street, University of Toronto

WHEN: Tuesday, June 3: 5:00 pm (remarks at 5:30 pm)

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For more information or photos, please contact:

Philip Oldfield
History of Science and Medicine Librarian
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto
Tel: 416-946-3177

Media Relations
University of Toronto
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