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Progetto ‘Medici’: the ”misterious” death of Francesco I de’ Medici and Bianca Cappello

Recently Mari et al. , "exhuming" an old legend, claimed that the Grand Duke Francesco I and his wife Bianca Cappello were poisoned with arsenic by the Grand Duke's brother, the Cardinal Ferdinand. (Mari F, Polettini A,…


Food and disease at the Renaissance courts of Naples and Florence: A paleonutritional study

Introduction Carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analysis of bone collagen is now an almost routine method in the study of ancient diets. By stable isotope analysis it is possible to determine directly the type of diet of an…


Application of segmentation and 3D rendering techniques in the mummies of Cangrande della Scala (1291-1329) and S. Giacomo della Marca (1391-1476)

G. Fornaciari 1, V. Giuffra 1, M. Sabato 2, S. Minozzi 1, D. Caramella2, V. Ferrari 3, L. Ventura 4, G. Schenal 5, F. Mosca 6 3 University of Pisa, Di vision of Paleopathology, History of Medicine and Bioethics, Department…


Scientists seek Galileo exhumation to focus on eyesight

dall'IRISH TIMES del 22 gennaio 2009 Italian and British scientists want to exhume the body of 16th-century astronomer Galileo for DNA tests to determine if his severe vision problems may have affected some of his……


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Directed by Valentina Giuffra - associate professor of History of Medicine at the University of Pisa - and by Gino Fornaciari - professor of Paleopathology - the Division carries out research ranging from funerary archeology to the study of mummies, to osteo-archeology, to the application of modern biomedical technologies in order to determine the biological and paleopathological profile of ancient human groups (histological, radiological, immunological, immunohistochemical, ultrastructural and genetic investigations).

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Qualche aggiornamento sul Coronavirus in Italia. Per quanto riguarda i casi manifesti clinicamente, la letalità della malattia sembra intorno al 2% e, per fortuna, molto inferiore a quella dell'influenza Spagnola del 1918 che in Italia era del 5-8% e colpiva soprattutto i giovani adulti (per una risposta immunitaria troppo violenta!),…

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