Dr. John Goree Donates Rare Vesalius

Book in Honor of Dr. Donald Saunders



Icones Anatomicae
Icones Anatomicae

John A. Goree, M.D., a 1955 Duke University medical school classmate of Dr. Donald E. Saunders, Jr., was the featured speaker at a special reception and lecture in honor of Dr. Saunders on September 9, 2009 at the School of Medicine. Dr. Goree, a retired professor and radiologist at Duke, wanted to honor Dr. Saunders for his tireless efforts in the establishment of the USC School of Medicine. Dr. Goree's lecture, "The Woodblocks of Vesalius: Their Travels and Fate and the Icones Anatomicae," focused on the origin and history of the rare book, Icones Anatomicae, by the 16th century physician, Andreas Vesalius.

Donald Saunders Jr., Dean Richard Hoppmann
Donald Saunders Jr., Dean Richard Hoppmann

Published in 1934 by the New York Academy of Medicine, the University of Munich, and the Bremer Press, Icones Anatomicae is a large and beautiful volume of original prints from the woodblocks from Vesalius' anatomy book, On the Structure of the Human Body, published in 1543. 227 of the illustrations were printed from the sixteenth-century woodblocks. The original woodblocks were destroyed during World War II as a result of Allied bombing raids. A hand press was employed and the Icones Anatomicae volume was printed on a pure rag, hand-made paper specially watermarked by the famous Zanders establishment in Holland.

John Goree, Suzy Goree, Donald Saunders, Jr., Carol Saunders, Patricia Moore-Pastides, University President Harris Pastides
John Goree, Suzy Goree, Donald Saunders, Jr., Carol Saunders, Patricia Moore-Pastides, University President Harris Pastides

At the end of the September 9 lecture, Dr. Goree announced that he would donate his personal copy of Icones Anatomicae to the School of Medicine Library in honor of Dr. Saunders. President Harris Pastides made these comments after the lecture. "What a wonderful way to celebrate the uncountable contributions of Dr. Saunders. Now the University will be able to count itself among the famous libraries with a copy of this magnificent work." The Library faculty and staff gratefully acknowledges Dr. Goree for the wonderful lecture and for his kind and generous gesture to donate this rare book to the library in honor of Dr. Saunders.