Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, Dec 2011

ALESSANDRO PASCOLI (1669-1757). Il corpoumano. Perugia: Pe’l Costantini, 1700.

A native of Perugia in central Italy, Pascoli initially practiced medicine in his natal city and then lectured in philosophy and anatomy at the university.  Pope Clement XI appointed him professor of anatomy in Rome.  He performed public dissections similar to his colleague and competitor Vesalius.  His metaphysical, medical and mathematics treatises form a coherent thought and methodology and are evidence that demonstrate the vitality of Italian culture and philos0phy in the seventeenth century.