Role of anatomy in our contemporary age and the history of the Anatomy Museum of Naples

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  • Vincenzo Esposito,

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    • Human Anatomy Unit, Department of Public, Clinical, and Preventive Medicine, Seconda Università di Napoli, Via Luciano Armanni 5, 80138 Napoli, Italy
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    • Dr. Esposito is full professor of human anatomy, head of Anatomy Unit Department of Public and Preventive Medicine, head of Anatomical Museum, president of Committee for University Sport, in Second University of Naples, Italy. He has realized many studies on the anatomical collection of the museum, where he has initiated transdisciplinary researches together his pupil, Ms. Chiapparo, who is interested in child psychiatric/somatic disease, which she studies through an integrated scientific/philosophical methodology.

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  • Simona Chiapparo

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    • Dr. Esposito is full professor of human anatomy, head of Anatomy Unit Department of Public and Preventive Medicine, head of Anatomical Museum, president of Committee for University Sport, in Second University of Naples, Italy. He has realized many studies on the anatomical collection of the museum, where he has initiated transdisciplinary researches together his pupil, Ms. Chiapparo, who is interested in child psychiatric/somatic disease, which she studies through an integrated scientific/philosophical methodology.


Abstract

This work analyzes the significance of anatomical knowledge in the contemporary age through the history of a prestigious institution, the Anatomy Museum of Naples. The museum's past was ineluctably linked not only to the local sociopolitical events but also to the scientific developments of medicine. The museum is an academic place where the importance of the anatomic science in the contemporary age both in the scientific and in the cultural fora is evident. Anat Rec (Part B: New Anat) 289B:92–97, 2006. © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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