SACI’s Body Archives class recently visited two sections of the Biomedical Collection at the Careggi Hospital in Florence, divided into two sections: “normal” and “pathological” anatomy. These include fantastic preserved specimens (dried, preserved in liquid) which are organized by body system (digestive, nervous, cardiovascular, etc.), as well as wax and plaster models made in the Specola workshops in the early 19th century, and preserved specimens which document pathological cases from that era.
The Pathology Museum also contains archival material documenting the health of Florence and its citizens in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection also includes objects created by Girolamo Segato, a scientist who developed a still unknown method for preserving organic tissue, of animal and human origin. His method, called “petrification,” is still today unknown in essence due to his refusal to share his findings with the public.