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March 26, 1960


JAMA. 1960;172(13):1393-1394. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020130051014

Venice, Milan, Verona, and Padua, the ancient cities of northern Italy, are famous not only for their beauty but also for their great achievements in the past. Currently they are delightful centers for tourism and historical studies. Padua claims the lion's share of medieval and Renaissance heritage, particularly in the evolution of medicine and anatomy. The University of Padua was outstanding in the emancipation of science from medieval fetters and was noteworthy for its zealous protection of freedom of thought. Venice, the most brilliant commercial city in the world during the 15th century, has lost none of its fascination for the 1960 tourist, even though it appears to be as busy as Times Square on New Year's Eve, with as high a percentage of American faces. Milan is the 20th-century commercial center that is the proud possessor of Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper,' 'painted in the master's own medium, on

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