One hundred years of blood pressure measurement: A tribute to Scipione Riva-Rocci

Gianfranco Parati, Alberto Zanchetti, Giuseppe Mancia

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Pre-Riva-Rocci devices The earliest known blood pressure measurements were taken by Santono, a physician working in Venice at the beginning of the seventeenth century. He used a so-called 'pulsilogium', a device for making the pulse visible. Introduction of Riva-Rocci techniques Scipione Riva-Rocci not only developed a practical and reliable apprach to non-invasive blood pressure measurement, but he made important pioneering observations which still apply today. After 100 years the Riva Rocci sphygmomanometer is still a valuable piece of equipment for a physician in daily practice.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBlood Pressure Monitoring
Issue number6 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1996



  • Blood pressure measurement
  • History of medicine
  • Hypertension
  • Sphygmomanometer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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