Giulio Bizzozero and the discovery of platelets

Domenico Ribatti, Enrico Crivellato

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Platelets were discovered by the Italian pathologist Giulio Bizzozero in 1882. He observed them microscopically in the circulating blood of living animals and in the blood removed from the blood vessels. Moreover, he carefully described platelet function in flowing conditions and the relationship between platelet adhesion, aggregation and subsequent fibrin formation and deposition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1339-1341
Number of pages3
JournalLeukemia Research
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007


  • Blood
  • History of medicine
  • Platelets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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