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A Prelude to Modern Science

Nature volume 159, pages 655657 (17 May 1947) | Download Citation



DR CHARLES SINGER has celebrated his seventieth birthday by the publication of one of his most important contributions to the history of science. The works of Vesalius have attracted more attention, and have been more intensively scrutinized, than those of any other anatomist, and it might well be thought that there was nothing more to be said. It is true that we still await an English translation of the “Fabriea”, but even this monumental and baffling task is approaching completion in the United States. Now Dr. Singer has raised, Vesalian commentary to so erudite a plane that his successors must perforce master the technique of the higher criticism if their labours are to command attention and respect.

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