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July 1, 1939

Berengario da Carpi

JAMA. 1939;113(1):86. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800260088036

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Abstract

The city of Carpi for more than three centuries has been proud of the anatomist and surgeon Giacomo Berengario. There is considerable doubt of this name, but investigation of documents has shown that Berengario Da Carpi was Giacomo Bariogazzi. He was born about 1460. He had his first lessons in surgery from his father, Faustino, a surgical barber. During his early years he assisted his father in many difficult operations with successful results. Berengario became involved in politics and opposed the duke of Ferrara, which resulted in several severe penalties, including his exile from Carpi.

He graduated from the University of Bologna in 1489. He learned a great deal from his famous teachers Girolamo Manfredi and Leonello dei Vittori of Faenza. What occurred to Berengario during the years from 1489 to 1500 is completely unknown. During the political wars of the time he acquired considerable experience and fame as a

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