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Infez Med. 2010 Dec;18(4):274-88.

[Garibaldi's wounds].

[Article in Italian]

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Policlinico S. Orsola-Malpighi, Bologna, Italy.


On the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy in 1860, this paper relates the events linked to Giuseppe Garibaldi wounding by fire-arms as well as the difficulties encountered while the famous patient was being treated. The class of physicians, widely represented among the ranks of Garibaldi volunteers, enthusiastically joined the Italian Risorgimento. Its contribution was essential to the immediate treatment of the wounded on battlefields. Garibaldi himself, during his military career, was struck by fire-arms on at least three occasions. In particular, this issue covers the diagnostic and therapeutic problems to be tackled following his wounding by a Bersagliere on Aspromonte in 1862 as well as in the course of fighting against Austrian soldiers on Mount Suello (1866) during the Third War of Independence.

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