The Accademia dei Fisiocritici conserves a collection
of approximately 50 dissected human anatomical preparations, into
the lymphatic vessels of which Tuscan anatomist Paolo Mascagni
injected metallic mercury.
There are only a small number of preparations, considering the
outstanding volume of work that Mascagni carried out during his
career as a scientist and researcher, and the fact that the preparation
of specimens for conservation was part of the scientific custom
of the era, especially in this field of research.
This is nonetheless a prestigious collection of inestimable historical
and scientific value and provides a rare testimony of preparatory
and dissection techniques. This was confirmed by radiological
investigations performed in 1996 by Prof. Paolo Stefani, then
Head of the Institute of and Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging
of the University of Siena and member of the Accademia.
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