Tag Archives: Luigi Padeletti

The pulsilogium and the diagnosis of love sickness

Donatella Lippi Giuseppe Mascia Luigi Padeletti Florence, Italy   Doctors since time immemorial have felt the pulse of their patients, noting its regularity, frequency, strength, and breadth, at times using colorful expressions to variously describe it as “formicant” or “vermicular” (ant-like or worm-like),1 and diagnosing “love sickness” in maidens by the presence of the so-called […]

The Spedale of Santa Maria Nuova in Florence

Donatella Lippi and Luigi Padeletti Florence, Italy   The spedale of Santa Maria Nuova was founded in June 1288 by Folco di Ricovero dei Portinari, father of Dante’s Beatrice, who bought some houses in the centre of Florence to receive poor people who needed help. At first the hospital could only accept men from the large […]

Vesalius: the true face of anatomy

Donatella Lippi Florence, Italy Luigi Padeletti Florence, Italy   Copper plate paper from Remmelin’s Catoptrum by Lucas Killian New York Academy of Medicine The only unquestionably life-portrait of Vesalius’ is the wood-cut which finds its place in the frontispieces of both editions of the Fabrica1 in German and Latin editions of the Epitome,2 as well […]