Thomas Laqueur: Medicomania
29 July 1999
Show More The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity from Antiquity to the Present by Roy Porter.
HarperCollins, 833 pp., £24.99, February 1999, 0 00 637454 9Show More
“... the princes of Europe could hope to launch – and not to proceed around the Horn of Africa, Andreas Vesalius, teacher of anatomy in Padua, had published De humani corporis fabrica, that monument to the conviction that ‘the violation of the body would be the revelation of its truth.’ There he stands insouciantly before Death on the Fabrica’s ...”