Giovanni Battista Morgagni
GIOVANNI BATTISTA MORGAGNI (1682-1771) was born in Forli, Italy. After he received his medical degree at Bologna, where he was a favorite pupil of Valsalva, he was appointed to the faculty at Padua, where he remained all his life. He had a most distinguished career, received many honors, and wrote many important books. His greatest contribution, however, was not published until 1761 when he was 79 years of age. De sedibus, et causis morborum per anatomen indagatis libri quinque consists of a vast array of pathological findings, well arranged and indexed, each preceded by a minute history of the disease, the symptoms present, the treatment employed, and finally a discussion of the relationship between the clinical picture and the autopsy findings. It was the beginning of the science of pathology.