Antonio Benivieni

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Antonio Benivieni
Born 1443
Died 1502
Nationality Italy
Fields medicine
Known for autopsy

Antonio Benivieni (1443–1502) was a Florentine physician who pioneered the use of the autopsy, a postmortum dissection of a deceased patient's body used to understand the cause of death.[1] Benivieni published a treatise entitled De Abditis Morborum Causis ("The Hidden Causes of Disease") which is now considered one of the first works in the science of pathology.[2] Some of the protocols developed by Benivieni are similar to those used in autopsies to this day, and he has been referred to as the "father of pathologic anatomy."[3]


  1. ^ Hajdu, Steven I (May 2010). "A note from history: the first printed case reports of cancer". Cancer. United States. 116 (10): 2493–8. doi:10.1002/cncr.25000. ISSN 0008-543X. PMID 20225228. 
  2. ^ History of Medicine
  3. ^ History and Scope of Pathology