Situs inversus with dextrocardia in a mummy case, Cardiovascular Pathology | DeepDyve

1 Introduction The Museum of Pathological Anatomy of the Padua Medical School has a collection worthy of the anatomical and anatomopathological tradition of the university. It is a common knowledge that, in Padua, Andreas Vesalius (1514–1564) founded scientific anatomy, Harvey (1578–1657) discovered the blood circulation, and Giambattista Morgagni (1682–1771) canonized pathological anatomy.The museum’s collection, officially founded by Lodovico Brunetti (1813–1899), a scholar of Karl von Rokitansky (1804–1878), was set up between 1850s and the 1940s [1] . In addition, it is possible that this collection also contains specimens preserved by the well-known 17th Century Padua scientists Giambattista Morgagni and Antonio Vallisneri (1661–1730) [2] .Today, the collection consists of nearly 1500 specimens, a few of which are quite exceptional for their morbid entity [1] . The teratology collection counts about 100 anatomical samples, including a specimen with ectopia cordis.Other specimens are rare because of the peculiar type of preservation. Lodovico Brunetti was famous at his time for the invention of a new technique of tissues preservation. This technique, named tannization, was based on a perfusion of the organs with tannic acid, which preserved anatomical tissue that became similar to leather [2] . Thanks to this discovery, Brunetti gained the

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