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Am J Nephrol. 1999;19(2):222-5.

Giovan Battista Morgagni, a pioneer of clinical nephrology.

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  • 1Institute of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology, University of Padova, Italy.


In the 18th century, Giovanni Battista Morgagni was the first to propose that specific signs and symptoms are linked to particular anatomical changes at autopsy and that these changes were the cause of the disease. This paper describes the report by Morgagni wherein he linked the anatomic findings at autopsy, specifically atrophied kidneys, with the signs and symptoms of a disease now known as uremia. From these findings, Morgagni felt that he had identified the factors responsible for the disease as well as its clinical course.

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