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Turning the Pages eBoard Slides: Fasiculo de Medicina, De Humani Corporis Fabrica, Oeuvres

Using touchscreen technology and animation software, Turning the Pages allows viewers to “touch and turn” the digitized images of rare and beautiful historic books in the biomedical sciences. They can zoom in on the pages for more detail, read or listen to explanations of the text, and (in some cases) access additional information on the books in the form of curators’ notes. Originally only available at kiosks at the National Library of Medicine, Turning the Pages is now available online and as an iPad app.

This month’s eBoard slides will bring these antique books and manuscripts from Turning the Pages to your library! Over the next few weeks we will highlight the books available on Turning the Pages, with select scans available for download as eBoard slides. eBoard slides are designed to be used as part of a looping slideshow presentation on computer monitors at your institution. Click on the images below to see a preview and download the PowerPoint files by clicking on the name of each file.

Johannes de Ketham’s Fasiculo de Medicina (PPT) Andreas Vesalius’s De Humani Corporis Fabrica (PPT) Ambroise Paré’s Oeuvres (PPT)
Thumbnail Image of Johannes de Ketham's Fasiculo de Medicina Thumbnail Image of Andreas Vesalius's De Humani Corporis Fabrica Thumbnail Image of Ambroise Paré's Oeuvres

Johannes de Ketham’s Fasiculo de Medicina: The Fasiculo de medicina is a “bundle” of six independent and quite different medieval medical treatises. The collection, which existed only in two manuscripts (handwritten copies), was first printed in 1491, in the original Latin with the title, Fasciculus medicinae. The book is remarkable as the first illustrated medical work to appear in print.

Andreas Vesalius’s De Humani Corporis Fabrica: De Humani Corporis Fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body) is one of the most influential works in the history of Western medicine. It was conceived and written by 28-year-old Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), a professor at the University of Padua. Vesalius was both a gifted dissector and a learned scholar whose great contribution was to apply to anatomy the critical methods developed by the Renaissance humanist scholars.

Ambroise Paré’s Oeuvres: Ambroise Paré (1510-1590), a French surgeon from humble beginnings who would revolutionize how surgeons treated wounds. This book, the 1585 edition of his Oeuvres (Collected Works) is both his masterpiece and his monument, gathering together a lifetime’s experience and study.

Scans are courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.

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