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European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2011 December;47(4):615-20

Copyright © 2012 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

An extraordinary testimonial of thermal rehabilitation: Giuseppe Garibaldi - 2011: 150th Anniversary of the Italian Unification

Cannata G. 1, De Fabritiis M. 2, Cannata D. 3, Gigante G. 1

1 Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy; 2 Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, A.O. Spedali Civili, Brescia, Italy: 3 Department of Clinica Medica, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy


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On the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Italian Unification, the discovery of some letters by Giuseppe Garibaldi – referring to a period of thermal treatments at the Baths in Civitavecchia (Rome) – gave us the opportunity for writing a commentary about a not well known experience in the Two World Hero’s life: the numerous treatments carried out at many Italian spa centres for treating a rheumatic pathology (probably a rheumatoid polyarthritis) and the outcomes of various war wounds, especially the famous gunshot-wound in his right ankle during the Battle of Aspromonte, in 1862.

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