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November 1996

Giuseppe Grassi

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From the Department of General Surgery, San Filippo Neri Hospital, Rome, Italy.

Arch Surg. 1996;131(11):1236. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1996.01430230118027

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GIUSEPPE GRASSI passed away 15 years ago, but his memory remains vivid among us. His passion for creating something and devoting himself to it entirely should be taken as an example for future generations of students. When, during official ceremonies or academic meetings, we recall a friend who is no longer among us, the danger exists to linger on rhetorical attitudes that might diminish true feelings and simple meanings. His death has deprived Italian surgery of one of its most valid performers: excellent surgeon, passionate researcher, editor of articles, and untiringly active organizer of seminars in Italy and abroad. A man of high moral integrity, he was born in Bronte in the province of Catania, Italy, on August 3, 1913. In Rome he graduated with excellent grades, and he began his career. Under the guidance of Cesare Antonucci, MD, he soon became a skilled surgeon whose technical ability rested on

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