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Maggi, Bartolomeo

1. Dates
Born: Bologna, Aug. 1477 (Fantuzzi says 1476; Hirsch says 1516)
Died: Bologna, 7 April 1552
Dateinfo: Birth Uncertain
Lifespan: 75
2. Father
Occupation: Aristocrat
I am accepting Mandosio's identification of the family as Bolognese patricians.
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Italian
Career: Italian
Death: Italian
4. Education
Schooling: No University
Nothing whatever is said. Since he was both a prominent physician and a professor of surgery at the University of Bologna, it seems likely that he had a degree in medicine, but I will forbear to guess.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Catholic
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Surgery
Subordinate: Medicine
He was among the first to teach a rational method of treating gunshot wounds. The De vulnerum bombardorum et sclopetorum curatione, his work on the treatment of wounds, was published posthumously at Bologna in 1552. He was known also for his method of amputation.
In 1550 Maggi published a consultation of syphilis.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Academia, Medicine, Patronage
He was professor of surgery at the University of Bologna and practiced surgery, and was private physician to Pope Julius III whom he had known as a cardinal. He did not like Rome and returned to Bologna. In 1550 he was called to treat the nephew of Paul III.
8. Patronage
Types: Eccesiastic Official, Court Official, Aristrocrat
He was private physician to Pope Julius III.
Henry II of France rewarded him with honors and gifts for his curative treatment of wounded French soldiers during the French invasion of Italy.
Maggi composed his consultation of syphilis at the request of Galeotto Pio Signore della Mirandola.
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Medical Practice
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. D.Giordano, "Medicazioni strane e medicazioni semplici," in Scritti e discorsi pertinenti alla storia della medicina e ad argomenti diversi, (Milan, 1930), pp. 25-45.
  2. S. de Renzi, Storia della medicina in Italia, 5 vols. (Naples, 1845-8), 3, 660-66. R517. R424 Dezeimeris, J.E. Ollivier and Raige-Delorme, Dictionnaire historique de la medecine ancienne et moderne, 4 vols. (Paris, 1828-39), 3, 501-2. The names, without first names or initials except for Ollivier, appear this way on volume 1; Dezeimeris alone appears on the remaining volumes.
  3. A. Hirsch, Biographisches Lexikon der hervorragenden Aerzte aller Zeiten und Voelker (3rd ed., Munich, 1962), 4, 29-30.
  4. G. Fantuzzi, Notizie degli scittori bolognesi, (Bologna, 1781- 94), 5, 112-13. Gaetano Luigi Marini, Degli archiatri pontifici, 2 vols. (Roma, 1784), 1, 405-6. Prosper Mandosius, Theatrum in quo maximorum christiani orbis pontificum archiatros spectandos exhibit, a separately paginated inclusion at the end of vol. 2 of Marini, (Roma, 1784), pp. 29-31.
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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