March 2016 Historical Book of the Month

The March 2016 Historical Book of the Month features this monumental work by Giovanni Battista Morgagni.

Image of Giovanni Morgagni

  • De Sedibus, et Causis Morborum per Anatomen Indagatis Libri Quinque
    • 2nd edition
    • Published in Padua in 1765
  • The Seats and Causes of Diseases Investigated by Anatomy: In Five Books
    • 1st English edition
    • Published in London in 1769

Considered the Father of Pathological Anatomy, Morgagni confirmed the relationship between symptoms of disease and pathological changes in specific organs. He systematically indexed almost 700 postmortem examinations correlating the autopsy findings with the patient’s symptoms, or the cry of the suffering organs.

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