Hektoen International

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Tag: Alberto Zanatta

  • The origin and evolution of Padua hospitals

    Alberto ZanattaFabio ZampieriPadua, Italy The hospital San Francesco Grande in Padua was founded by the Piombino jurist Baldo Bonafari (†1418) and his wife Sibilla de Cetto (†1421), who also financed the construction of the San Francesco church behind the hospital. Work on the hospital began in 1414, and its first patients could be admitted by…

  • The revolution of Andreas Vesalius

    Fabio ZampieriAlberto ZanattaPadua, Italy Born in Brussels in 1514, Andreas Vesalius studied Latin, Greek, and Hebrew in Leuven, and medicine in Paris. Arriving in Padua, at that time “the most famous gymnasium in the world,” he graduated in medicine in 1537 and was professor of anatomy from 1538 to 1543.1 In Padua, Vesalius would have…