Morgagni, Giovanni Battista
Morgagni, Giovanni Battista jōvän´nē bät–tēs´tä mōrgä´nyē [key], 1682–1771, Italian anatomist, called the founder of pathologic anatomy. He was professor of anatomy at Padua for 56 years. A meticulous observer and recorder, he contributed classical descriptions of anatomical parts (many of which are named for him), collected case histories, and carried out exhaustive postmortem examinations, as a result of which he discovered many relationships between diseases and physiological changes.
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