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March 2018

Filippo Pacini—A Life of Achievement

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  • 1University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(3):300. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.5356

Filippo Pacini was born in Pistoia, Tuscany, on May 25, 1812. Both of his parents were poor shoemakers who wished the life of a bishop for their son and persuaded him to pursue that endeavor in the Episcopal Seminary of Pistoia and later at the Classical Academy.1 However, young Filippo’s path strayed away from the dreams of his parents, and in 1830, after receiving a scholarship, he abandoned the ecclesiastical path and was admitted to the famous Scuola Medica Pistoiese. In 1847, Pacini began teaching at the Lyceum in Florence, and from 1849 until the end of his career he served as the chair of General and Topographic Anatomy at the Istituto di Studi Superiori of the University of Florence.1

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