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Chirurgia 2014 June;27(3):213-5

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A tribute to Italian anatomists of the 16th Century written by young Italian researchers

Marano L. 1, Marano M. 2, Boccardi M. 3, Boccardi V. 1, Passiatore C. 3, Di Martino N. 1

1 Department of Internal Medicine, Surgical, Neurological, Metabolic Disease and Geriatric Medicine, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy;
2 Department of Experimental Medicine‑Section of Hygiene, Occupational Medicine and Forensic Medicine, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy;
3 Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy


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In the present work we emphasize and enhance the brilliance, passion and above all the enthusiasm for innovation that have characterized, in all their ardor, Italian anatomists who lived in the 16th century. These researchers, basing their studies on their own beliefs and their own ideas, have represented, throughout the human civilization, a solid and valid point of reference on which it was possible to develop new concepts, in an ideal continuity celebration of the ancient theories. For these reasons, almost as a sign of respectful homage to the ancient anatomists, it seems only right to trace the history and development of ars dissetionandi framing it in a clearly defined historical context. Many valid researchers dedicated their lives to the study of the structure of the human body, exciting topic that catalyzed the brainpower of a copious group of scientists. Most of them remained almost unknown, while others are remembered only because their name is linked to a precise anatomical structure. Our duty is to remember the work and ingenuity of these scientists, ideally relive the emotions of their research, respect their ideas, even if inconsistent with the evidence because it is only thanks to the decisive contribution of their studies and their discoveries, which today’s medicine has achieved a near-perfect knowledge of the complex constitution and proper functioning of the human machine.

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