Gaspare Tagliacozzi was an Italian surgeon based at the University of Bologna, one of the great medical centres of the s. Tagliacozzi became famous for. Gaspare Tagliacozzi’s innovative surgical technique, which consisted of reconstructing parts of the face by grafting, was masterfully described in the work that. JAMA. Feb 17;(7) Gaspare Tagliacozzi, () plastic surgeon. [No authors listed]. PMID: ; [Indexed for MEDLINE]. Publication .
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Gaspare Tagliacozzi, (1545-1599) plastic surgeon.
The foundation of modern anatomical studies was laid, and anatomy changed from a Galenic to a Vesalian discipline. It was with this impetus that the first and perhaps one of the greatest textbooks of plastic surgery was written. The first book exclusively devoted to plastic surgery, and particularly nasal reconstruction, was written by Gaspare Tagliacozzi of Bologna, Italy, in the late 16th century Figure 1. Before the Renaissance, methods of repairing the nose damaged in duels, or other forms of combat, were maintained as proprietary secrets by families of barber surgeons.
Although Celsus and other earlier writers had discussed aspects of plastic surgical operations, Tagliacozzi was the first to establish their scientific validity and to improve techniques in light of the best medical knowledge of the day.
Tagliacozzi’s skill was renowned throughout Europe, and his treatise De Curtorum Chirurgia per insitionem, published insummarized his life’s work. In the De Curtorum, Tagliacozzi describes the first delayed flap for nasal reconstruction Figure 2.
Specifically, he details the theory behind the procedure, depicts instrumentation, and describes progressive steps for the operation as well as postoperative bandaging and gaepare. In discussing the technique of preparing the arm flap for reconstruction of the nose he stated, “It is not well to implant the flap in its stage of infancyt.
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