The museo "patologico" of trieste. From medical archaeology to revitalisation

M. Melato, C. Rizzardi, F. Silvestri

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Abandoned in the attic of Trieste's Ospedale Maggiore - which since 1872 housed the hospital's Department of Pathological Anatomy, then known as the Prosettura - is a "museum" of pathology that comprises a heterogeneous collection of anatomic specimens: traumatic, inflammatory and neoplastic lesions, as well as specimens of tattooed skin and hymens. All this material, most of which dates back to the end of the nineteenth and to the start of the twentieth century, will soon be recovered and displayed in a museum. Because this operation has given rise to an interesting discussion on the very significance - both present and past - of this kind of museum, we believe it necessary to extend the debate to those in charge of similar collections and to all our colleagues in the medical profession. It is our opinion that this operation may be justified and meaningful, provided that each specimen is presented with adequate reference to its historical and scientific context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-135
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • History of medicine
  • Museum of pathology
  • Pathological anatomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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