University of Pisa, study on the history of the term “angiogenesis”
The World Journal of Surgery has recently published a paper authored by professors and researchers of the University of Pisa on the history of the term “angiogenesis”, which is the important mechanism of formation of new blood vessels from existing vessels.
The study is the result of the collaboration between Gianfranco Natale, Director of the “Filippo Civinini” Museum, Paola Lenzi, Professor of Anatomy and Guido Bocci, Professor of Pharmacology, all from the University of Pisa.
Most literature covering the topic of angiogenesis refers to the book A Treatise on the Blood, Inflammation, and Gun-Shot Wounds written by English surgeon John Hunter, published in 1794, in which, however, this term is not used.
“Our passion for the history of medicine and scientific research led to a complex work that has retraced the history of the development of blood vessels, since ancient times – said Professor Natale – the word angiogenesis appears in the title of a scientific paper by Joseph Marshall Flint, Professor of surgery at the School of Medicine of the Yale University, and developed over a historical period when embryological research had prepared the ground for this neologism”.
The paper has aroused much interest and led to the publication of an Invited Commentary by Professor Francis Charles Brunicardi of the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, USA, in the same journal.
“This acknowledgment of esteem rewards the University of Pisa and the spirit of collaboration among the different disciplines which, on the one hand looks at historical research that is naturally included in the museum setting – concluded Museum Director – and on the other hand, it is projected towards the innovative solutions proposed by research in the medical field”.