Thursday, April 16th, 2015 Annual Lecture

CMLA lecture: Sachiko Kusukawa on Vesalius

KusukawaDecember 2014 marked the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius and medical history institutions across American and Europe are marking this with celebratory exhibitions and programs.  George Wohlreich of the College of Physicians of Phildelphia (parent body of the Mutter Museum) suggest that we partner to co-host renowned Vesalian scholar Sachiko Kusukawa for lectures in Philadelphia and Cleveland.  The CMLA Trustees endorsed this initiative, and so, on Thursday, April 16, Professor Kusukawa will present “The Body in the Book: the Fabrica and the Epitome (1543)” 
Kusukawa is a Fellow in History and Philosophy of Science, Trinity College, Cambridge University, and her research has focused on the observational, descriptive and pictorial practices in the development of scientific knowledge in the early modern period (1500-1720). Her work on visual arguments in sixteenth-century botanical and anatomical works resulted in Picturing the book of nature, (University of Chicago Press, 2012), which received the 2014 Pfizer Prize as outstanding book in the history of science by the History of Science Society. The chapter on anatomy in Picturing the book of nature focused upon the work of Vesalius and that will be the topic of Professor Kusukawa’s lecture. You may hear Professor Kusukawa discuss her work on Youtube in advance of talk:

The Art of the Original Fabrica, by Sachiko Kusukawa

The Historical Context of Vesalius, by Sachiko Kusukawa

Please join us for this CMLA event on Thursday, April 16 in the Allen Medical Library.  The lecture begins at 6:00PM, followed by a reception at 7:00PM
Please RSVP to Chris Dolwick,
Phone: (216) 368-6422

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