The Anatomical Renaissance: The Resurrection of the Anatomical Projects of the Ancients

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Focusing on projects of inquiry, this history of anatomy is a discontinuous look at the different people seeking and finding different things within their social context. It asks why do people investigate nature? Why in that particular time and place? And why these particular people?


'This is one of the most stimulating books on Renaissance medicine I have read...It offers a series of challenging theses.' Medical History 'Cunningham...brings the scholarly debates alive, and manages to set medical changes firmly within their social and cultural context.' International Journal of the Classical Tradition 'In this original and provocative book, Andrew Cunningham sets out to rewrite the history of Renaissance anatomy. Not content with mere revision, he intends to turn the conventional viewpoint on its head...This is an absorbing and compelling book, based on an intimate acquaintance with the primary texts and an impressive command of the philosophical literature. Its thesis is original and in many ways convincing, leading to fresh readings of familiar anatomical texts...Future historians of anatomy will not be able to ignore this book.' Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. XXIX, No. 1 'Cunningham's narrative of change, his reconfiguration of the subject, and the example of his close reading will be extremely important for the historiography of science and medicine.' British Journal for the History of Science, Vol. 31 'The virtues of The Anatomical Renaissance are legion. The meticulous, the range of learning impressive, the array of illustrations instructive.' Isis, Vol. 89, No.3 ' important study that questions the accepted notion that modern 'scientific' anatomy started with Vesalius.' The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies, Vol. 50 '[An] important contribution to anatomical history...a masterly analysis...' Social History of Medicine, Vol. 12, No. 3

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