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Ital J Anat Embryol. 2007 Jan-Mar;112(1):13-8.

Bodies of stone: Girolamo Segato (1792-1836).

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  • 1Department of Anatomy, Histology, Forensic Medicine, Unit of Image Diagnostic, University of Florence. orlandini@unifi.it

Abstract

The life, activity and specimens of Girolamo Segato (Sospirolo 1792--Firenze 1836), as well as the mystery still surrounding his petrifaction method are outlined in this paper with the aim of shedding some light on one of the most controversial naturalists of the 19th century. Even if after his death many preparations became scattered or even destroyed, the greatest nucleus of them is now collected and exhibited in the Museum of the Department of Anatomy in Florence. Special attention has been given to the description of one of the most famous "pieces", a female head, recently added to the collection, coming from Museo Civico of Belluno. This sample, submitted to conventional Rx analysis and CT Scan Tomography, displays an outstanding injection of the thinnest peripheral blood vessels.

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