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Hieronymi Fracastorii: the Italian scientist who described the "French disease".

Pesapane F, Marcelli S, Nazzaro G - An Bras Dermatol (2015)

Bottom Line: AbstractGirolamo Fracastoro was a true Italian Renaissance man: he excelled in literature, poetry, music, geography, geology, philosophy, astronomy and, of course, medicine to the point that made Charles-Edward Armory Winslow define him as "a peak unequaled by anyone between Hippocrates and Pasteur".In 1521 Fracastoro wrote the poem "Syphilis Sive de Morbo Gallico" in which was established the use of the term "syphilis" for this terrible and inexplicably transmitted disease, often referred to as "French disease" by the people of the time and by Fracastoro himself.

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Affiliation: Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda, Milan, Italy.

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AbstractGirolamo Fracastoro was a true Italian Renaissance man: he excelled in literature, poetry, music, geography, geology, philosophy, astronomy and, of course, medicine to the point that made Charles-Edward Armory Winslow define him as "a peak unequaled by anyone between Hippocrates and Pasteur". In 1521 Fracastoro wrote the poem "Syphilis Sive de Morbo Gallico" in which was established the use of the term "syphilis" for this terrible and inexplicably transmitted disease, often referred to as "French disease" by the people of the time and by Fracastoro himself.

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Mentions: In memory of this great figure of the Italian Renaissance, in 1555 the Senate of Veronacommissioned Danese Cattaneo to carve a life-size statue representing Fracastoro holdingthe world (idealized as a ball), which now adorns a narrow street arch near the Piazza deiSignori in the center of Verona (Figure 4).9 An old legend told at the time, when judges,lawyers, nobles and governors went to the old court passing by the statue, said that the" bala" (dialect word for ball) would have fallen on the first real gentlemen going across.People of Verona used this story to mock the governors of the city. Until today the ballremains firmly in its place.


Hieronymi Fracastorii: the Italian scientist who described the "French disease".

Pesapane F, Marcelli S, Nazzaro G - An Bras Dermatol (2015)

Fracastoro statue in Verona, Italy
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f04: Fracastoro statue in Verona, Italy
Mentions: In memory of this great figure of the Italian Renaissance, in 1555 the Senate of Veronacommissioned Danese Cattaneo to carve a life-size statue representing Fracastoro holdingthe world (idealized as a ball), which now adorns a narrow street arch near the Piazza deiSignori in the center of Verona (Figure 4).9 An old legend told at the time, when judges,lawyers, nobles and governors went to the old court passing by the statue, said that the" bala" (dialect word for ball) would have fallen on the first real gentlemen going across.People of Verona used this story to mock the governors of the city. Until today the ballremains firmly in its place.

Bottom Line: AbstractGirolamo Fracastoro was a true Italian Renaissance man: he excelled in literature, poetry, music, geography, geology, philosophy, astronomy and, of course, medicine to the point that made Charles-Edward Armory Winslow define him as "a peak unequaled by anyone between Hippocrates and Pasteur".In 1521 Fracastoro wrote the poem "Syphilis Sive de Morbo Gallico" in which was established the use of the term "syphilis" for this terrible and inexplicably transmitted disease, often referred to as "French disease" by the people of the time and by Fracastoro himself.

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Affiliation: Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda, Milan, Italy.

ABSTRACT
AbstractGirolamo Fracastoro was a true Italian Renaissance man: he excelled in literature, poetry, music, geography, geology, philosophy, astronomy and, of course, medicine to the point that made Charles-Edward Armory Winslow define him as "a peak unequaled by anyone between Hippocrates and Pasteur". In 1521 Fracastoro wrote the poem "Syphilis Sive de Morbo Gallico" in which was established the use of the term "syphilis" for this terrible and inexplicably transmitted disease, often referred to as "French disease" by the people of the time and by Fracastoro himself.

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