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Domenico Felice Antonio Cotugno - bibliography

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Italian physician, born January 29, 1736, Ruvo di Puglia, Bari province, Puglia regione; died October 6, 1822; Napoli.


  • De aquaeductibus auris humane internae anatomica dissertatio.
    Napoli and Bologna: 1761. Ex typographica Sancti Thomae Aquinatis, 1775.
    Cortugno was the first to describe the fine anatomy of the inner ear. In this, his first major work, he identifies the aqueduct of the inner ear and the columns in the osseous spinal lamina of the cochlea, which are named after him.
  • Raccolta di opuscoli medico-pratici, II. Firenze, 1775.
  • De ischiade nervosa commentarius. Napoli, Simoni, 1764.
    Cotugno was a keen observer and a fine clinician. In this, perhaps his most important work, he differentiates arthritis from nervous sciata, and concluded that the sciatic nerve is responsible for the latter, and in discussing it for the first time gives a detailed description of the cerebrospinal fluid, and showed that the congealed protein in the heated urine of a nephrotic patient (a person afflicted with dropsy) is a diagnostic sign.
  • Novis curis auctior. Napoli, 1769.
  • De sedibus variolarum syntagma.
    Napoli, 1771, 1775. Ex typographica Sancti Thomae Aquinatis.
    Extending his interests to preventive medicine and public health, Cotugno became a pioneer in epidemiology. In this work, first published in 1771, he gives a lucid description of the anatomy and pathology of smallpox pustules. It is regarded as one of the finest dermatological works of the eighteenth century. 41: Napoli, 1775.
  • Della spirito della medicina. Napoli, 1783.
  • Opuscula medica . . . . 2 volumes. Napoli, 1826-1827.
  • Opera posthuma. 4 volumes, Napoli, 1830-1832.

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