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Bartolotti, Gian Giacomo

1. Dates
Born: Italy, ca 1471
Died: Italy, after 1530
Dateinfo: Flourished (two dates give known period)
Lifespan: N/A
2. Father
Occupation: Physician
He came from a family of doctors; his father, Pelligrino, was competent in both pharmacy and surgery.
As usual, I assume affluence.
3. Nationality
Birth: Italy
Career: Italy
Death: Italy
4. Education
Schooling: Bologna, Ferrara; M.D.
Bartolotti studied philosophy and medicine at the universities of Bologna and Ferrara; at the latter he was a pupil of Antonio Cittadini and of Sebastiano Dell'Aquila. Affa says that he became a doctor--i.e., M.D. Otherwise the sources are silent about a degree, but it seems probable to me.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Catholic
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Medicine
He translated Cebe's Table (Pinax) in 1498, and later published his Opusculum de antiquitate medicinae, a brief treatise on the history of ancient medicine.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Medicine
Secondary: Academia
In 1498 he was assigned to teach a course at the University of Ferrara, but he is not listed with the regular appointment.
Toward the close of the century he was practicing medicine, and in the early 16th century he was doing so at Venice.
8. Patronage
Type: Eccesiastic Official
La tavola di Cebetti, 1498, was done at the instance of Niccolo-Maria d'Este, Bishop of Adria. Bartolotti dedicated the Opusculum, 1498, to the same bishop.
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Medical Practice
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. I.Affo, Memorie degli scrittori e letterati parmigiani, 3, Parma, 1791, pp.178-179. Manuscipta Film List 3 Reel 1-2 G.M.Mazzuchelli, Gli scrittori d'Italia, (Brescia, 1753- ), 2, pt. 1, p.479. Manuscripta Film List 3 Reel 8-9 Not in Dizionario biografico degli italiani.
  2. Not in A. Hirsch, Biographisches Lexikon der hervorragenden Aerzte aller Zeiten und Voelker (3rd ed., Munich, 1962).
  3. It seems clear to me that Bartolotti was included in the DSB for the sole purpose of having more people from his period. It is obvious that he was not an outstanding scientist according to any reasonable criterion.
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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1995 Al Van Helden
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