The anatomical theater of Padua, Northern Italy
In the famous anatomic theatre built in 1590, Giovanni Battista Morgagni demonstrated before medical students from many countries during the 65 years he served as Professor of Anatomy at the famed University of Padua. Although his first book was published in 1704, Morgagni's greatest contribution to medicine, On the Seats and Causes of Disease, came out 57 years later, in 1761. This five-book work, embodying a lifetime's experience in dissection and in observation, convinced medical men that diseases were not dispersed generally throughout the body but got their start locally in specific organs or tissues. It ranks high among 18th-century scientific works.
Giovanni Battista Morgagni, anatomical theater, exhibit, Markus library