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Arnaldo Angelucci

Born  1854-04-15
Died  1933

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Italian ophthalmologist, born April 15, 1854, Subiaco, province of Rome; died 1933.

Biography of Arnaldo Angelucci

Arnaldo Angelucci studied in Rome and received his doctorate there in 1875. He worked as an assistant at the local Ospedali as a surgeon, and at the medical clinic. He then undertook further education in clinical ophthalmology in Rostock, where he became assistant physician at the eye clinic, and in 1882 became lecturer of ophthalmology. In 1885 he became professor in Cagliari, then in Messina and from 1890 held the same tenure in Palermo, where he also became president of the faculty of medicine and surgery. Angelucci’s last appointment was in Napoli in 1905, where he remained until his retirement in 1929 as honorary professor emeritus.

As early as in 1878 Angelucci published his fundamental works on the epithelium of the retina. Later came studies on the development of the uveal area and the histogenesis of membrana descemeti and zonula ciliaris. His most important works, however, were probably those on trachoma, with which he had a wide experience because of its high incidence in Southern Italy. He developed a number of new surgical methods.

Being multilingual Angelucci was a well-known international figure, and president of the International Ophthalmological Congress in Naples in 1909. In his leisure time he enjoyed himself studying art. Angelucci published more than 40 monographs and articles in Archivio di Ottalmologia.


  • Una nuova teoria sulla visione; communicazione preventiva.
    Armanni, 1884. 44 pages. (Pamphl. v. 2309)
  • Physiologie générale de l'oeuil. Paris 1903.
  • Lezioni di clinica oculista. Napoli 1905.
  • La visione nell'arte e l'arte nei meccanismi della vita.
    Napoli 1923; 2nd edition, 1929.
  • Psicoanalisi e sublimazione nell'arte; Michelangelo, Wagner, Berlioz, Schubert, D’Annunzio, Tolstoi.
    Napoli, Idelson, 1929. 169 pages.

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