Sulla vita e sugli scritti di Bartolomeo Panizza. Relazione letta innanzi al reale Istituto Lombardo.

Edizione corredata di molte note e della fotografia del defunto vendibile a beneficio del monumento decretato al Panizza dal Comitato medico di Pavia.

Verga, Andrea, 1811-1895.

Milan : Guiseppe Bernardoni, 1869.

Description : i, frontis., t/p, [1]-138 p. ; ill.: 1 phot. ; 27 cm.

Photograph : cameo albumen mounted on cardstock.

Subject : Physician biographies — Panizza, Bartolomeo, 1785-1867.

Notes :

Verga continued postgraduate studies under Bartolomeo Panizza, the great Northern Italian master anatomist who mapped the visual cortex and its pathways (Osservazioni sul nervo ottico 1855, see: GM 1511). During this period, Verga took a blow from a patient that doused the sight in his right eye and left him despondent about his prospects in the medical profession. Panizza provided the support and guidance that enabled Verga to recover. In 1886 during a tour of the Siena Asylum, a second blow from a disturbed patient destroyed his left eye. Besides his work as a prominent alienist and phlianthropist, Verga contributed to the clinical knowledge of phobias, particularly acrophobia from which he suffered.

The small oval photograph (49x57mm) reproduces a sculpted tondo of Bartolomeo Panizza's profile, possibly a plaster model made in preparation for his tomb in the Cimitero Monumentale of Pavia (see: Panizza's tomb). Important correspondence supplements Verga's biography, including several letters to Panizza from Antonio Scarpa (1752-1832). As stated by the subtitle, the book and photographs were sold to raise funds for a marble statue created in his honor at the University of Pavia.

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