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Giovanni Domenico Santorini - bibliography

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Italian anatomist, born June 6, 1681, Venice; died May 7, 1737, Venice.


  • Opuscula medica di structura et motu fibrae, de nutrione animali, de haemorrhoidibus, de catameniis. Venice, 1705; Rotterdam, 1718.
    Reprinted in Georgius Baglivi: Opera. Leiden, 1719.
  • Observationes anatomicae. Venetiis, apus J. B. Recurti, 1724; Leiden, 1939.
    At a time when the European universities were making great strides in anatomical discovery and publications, Santorini was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the greatest anatomists. This work records a number of new anatomical discoveries and corrects many errors of earlier anatomists. Santorini's skill and expertise were so outstanding that his name lives on in a number of anatomical structures, several of which are described in this book. The text is accompanied by three folding copperplates which beautifully illustrate the musculature of the face, the pelvic musculature and genitalia of a sixteen-year old girl with a tubal pregnancy, the external muscles of the ear, and detailed anatomy of the male genitalia and larynx.
    Santorini's cartilage, Santorini's vein, Santorini's duct, Santorini's caruncula.
  • Istoria d’un feto estratto delle parti deretane. Venice, 1727.
  • Istruzioni intorno alla febbri.
    Venice, 1734, 1751; Greek translation, 1745. Opera. Parma, 1773.
    A medical textbook for seamen.
  • Opuscula quatuor: De structura et motu fibrae. De nutrione animali, de haemorrhoidibus.
    In: Georgius Baglivi: Opera omnia medico-practica et anatomica. Leiden, 1745.
  • De catameniis.
    In: Georgius Baglivi: Opera omnia medico-practica et anatomica. Leiden, 1745.
  • Opera. Parma, 1773.
  • Septemdecim tabula quas nunc primum edit atque explicat iisque alias addit de structura mammarum et de tunica testis vaginali Michael Girardi.
    Edited by Michael Girardi (1731-1797). Parma, Giambattista Bodoni, typographia Regia, 1775.
    This work, edited by Michael Girardi (1731-1797) and issued thirty-nine years after Santorini's death, contains illustrations of many parts of the human body including the organs of smell and hearing, the pharynx, breasts, heart, stomach, liver, intestines, pancreas, and bladder. Of the twenty-one plates in the book, seventeen were by Santorini. This elegantly printed volume is the only significant medical book printed by the celebrated Giambattista Bodoni for the Duke of Parma.
  • Willy Schmitt:
    Die anatomischen entdeckungen des Giovanni Domenico Santorini. Erstmalig aus seinem Werken übersetzt und kritisiert. Dissertation, Tübingen, 1921.
  • F. Saggini:
    Cenni sulla vita e sulle opere di Giandomenico Santorini. Padua, 1858.
  • H. Dietrich:
    Giovanni Domenico Santorini (1681-1737) and Charles Pierre Denonvilliers (1808- 1872) - First Description of Urosurgically Relevant Structures in the Small Pelvis.
    European Urology, Basel, 1997, 32: 124-127.

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