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SOTO-MIRANDA, Miguel Ángel; ROMERO-Y-HUESCA, Andrés; GONE-FERNANDEZ, Alberto  and  SOTO-GONZALEZ, Jaime. Tagliacozzi: not just a plastic surgeon. Gac. Méd. Méx [online]. 2006, vol.142, n.5, pp.423-429. ISSN 0016-3813.

Gaspare Tagliacozzi is known because of his great contributions to plastic surgery. He is considered a pioneer in the field which has had more influence in his career than his other transcendental activity as a surgery and anatomy teacher in Bologna for almost 30 years. The aim of the present manuscript is to analyze his teaching activities which were equally important for us, and to recreate, with pictorial means, three unpublished historic moments in the life of this great man of science. Gaspare Tagliacozzi was born inBologna in 1545 andis consideredthe father of plastic surgery. He obtained a degree in medicine and philosophy at the University. He was named surgery professor in 15 76, andworkedas such until his death in 1599. HisDe Curtorum Chirurgia per Insitionem treatise was published in 1589 and was consideredthe first exclusive treatise on plastic surgery. Bologna built a permanent operating theater (amphitheater) within the Archiginnasio in 1595. Because of his success, he increased his earnings; his first university teaching salary was 100 lire, but his earning increased to 1,140 lire later. Tagliacozzi's contributions, together with that of others such as Vesalius, Aldrovandi, Fallopian and Eustachian advanced the field and knowledge of anatomy.

Keywords : Gaspare Tagliacozzi; plastic surgery; anatomy; Renaissance; history of medicine.

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