“…that there be consigned to me alone twenty or twenty-five sick people with diverse ailments, and an equal number with the same infirmities to all the physicians of Milan, and if I don’t cure mine faster and better than they do theirs, I am willing to be banished forever from this city…”
Translation by Professor Andrea Gareffi
Leonardo Fioravanti (1518–1588)
Leonardo Fioravanti – Biography
Adapted from the entry in the Dictionary of Italian Biography
The editors are grateful to:
Marina Davoli at the Department of Epidemiology Italian National Health Service, Local Health Unit, Rome E, and Gaetana Cognetti at the Regina Elena National Cancer Research Institute Library) for initiating the search;
Paolo Flores D’Arcais, philosopher, and Director of “MicroMega”, an Italian cultural, political, scientific and philosophical magazine, for identifying the document;
Franco Nasella (biomedical library) and Prof Andrea Gareffi (Director of the Department of Studies on Philology, Linguistics and Literature), both at the University of Tor Vergata, Rome for locating a copy of the document;
Dr.ssa Maria Barbera Bertini, director of the State Archives of Milan, and her colleague MP Bortolotti, for providing a photocopy of the text; and
Prof Andrea Gareffi (Director of the Department of Studies on Philology, Linguistics and Literature), for providing a transcription of the original manuscript, and biographical details about Leonardo Fioravanti.
The Wellcome Trust for making available the portrait of Leonardo Fioravanti (1518–1588).