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Francesco Orsi

Born 1828
Died 1899

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Italian physician, born October 28, 1828, S. Angelo Lodigiano (Milano); died December 31, 1899.

Biography of Francesco Orsi

Francesco Orsi was educated in Pavia and Paris, under Bartolomeo Panizza (1785-1867), Francesco Flarer 1791-1850), Antonio Pignacca (1806-1858), Salvatore Tommasi (1813-1888), Augustin Grisolle (1811-1869), and Alfred Hardy (1811-1893). He settled in Pavia in 1856, first to become an assistant at the medical clinic. 1864-1866 he worked in Genoa, before he returned to Pavia to work as professor of internal medicine. His main field was the diagnostics of heart disease. He reported a new method of percussion which was later elaborated by Grocco.

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