Giovanni Domenico Santorini (1681-1737): A prominent physician and meticulous anatomist

Rachel Kleinerman, Alana John, Denzil Etienne, Benjamin Turner, Mohammadali Mohajel Shoja, R. Shane Tubbs, Marios Loukas

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Abstract

Venetian physician Giovanni Domenico Santorini is revered as one of the most industrious and thorough anatomists of the eighteenth century. After receiving his medical degree in Pisa, Santorini worked as a physician and professor of anatomy and obstetrics in Venice. Of interest, he was a student of Malpighi while in Pisa. He quickly established himself as a dynamic lecturer and meticulous dissector. Santorini's anatomical observations include the prostatic venous plexus, accessory pancreatic duct, corniculate cartilage, parietal emissary veins, the risorius muscle, and many other structures. In addition to the detailed descriptions of these structures, he also produced copper plates and illustrations that are revered as "masterpieces" of that era. Santorini published Observationes anatomicae (Anatomical observations) in 1724, however his primary work, which included the description and anatomical drawings of the accessory pancreatic duct, was not published until thirty-eight years after his death. This posthumous release of Jo. Dominici Santorini anatomici summi septedecim tabulae [Giovanni Domenici Santorini, the excellent anatomist's seventeen drawings] was accomplished by Giambattista Morgagni and his disciple, Michael Girardi in 1775. Giovanni Santorini's assiduous dissections have significantly enhanced our knowledge of human anatomy and his work has been immortalized with several anatomical eponyms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-547
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Anatomy
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • accessory duct
  • eponyms
  • pancreas
  • prostatic plexus

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  • Anatomy
  • Histology

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Kleinerman, R., John, A., Etienne, D., Turner, B., Mohajel Shoja, M., Tubbs, R. S., & Loukas, M. (2014). Giovanni Domenico Santorini (1681-1737): A prominent physician and meticulous anatomist. Clinical Anatomy, 27(4), 545-547. https://doi.org/10.1002/ca.22294

Giovanni Domenico Santorini (1681-1737) : A prominent physician and meticulous anatomist. / Kleinerman, Rachel; John, Alana; Etienne, Denzil; Turner, Benjamin; Mohajel Shoja, Mohammadali; Tubbs, R. Shane; Loukas, Marios.

In: Clinical Anatomy, Vol. 27, No. 4, 01.01.2014, p. 545-547.

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Kleinerman, R, John, A, Etienne, D, Turner, B, Mohajel Shoja, M, Tubbs, RS & Loukas, M 2014, 'Giovanni Domenico Santorini (1681-1737): A prominent physician and meticulous anatomist', Clinical Anatomy, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 545-547. https://doi.org/10.1002/ca.22294
Kleinerman R, John A, Etienne D, Turner B, Mohajel Shoja M, Tubbs RS et al. Giovanni Domenico Santorini (1681-1737): A prominent physician and meticulous anatomist. Clinical Anatomy. 2014 Jan 1;27(4):545-547. https://doi.org/10.1002/ca.22294
Kleinerman, Rachel ; John, Alana ; Etienne, Denzil ; Turner, Benjamin ; Mohajel Shoja, Mohammadali ; Tubbs, R. Shane ; Loukas, Marios. / Giovanni Domenico Santorini (1681-1737) : A prominent physician and meticulous anatomist. In: Clinical Anatomy. 2014 ; Vol. 27, No. 4. pp. 545-547.
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