Introduction: A potential representation of poliomyelitis is investigated in an Italian artwork. Materials and Methods: A 17th century Piedmontese fresco is analyzed by combining historico-medical, palaeopathological and clinical approaches. Alternative diagnoses are considered. Results, Discussion and Conclusions: The man appearing in the fresco holding a crutch is characterized by an atrophic left leg reminiscent of poliomyelitic atrophic. Other congenital anomalies or cerebrovascular causes appear less likely. A reflection on the difficulty of retrospectively diagnosis poliomyelitis is offered.

Mazzarello P., Varotto E., Galassi F.M. (2024). A depiction of poliomyelitis in a 17th -century Piedmontese fresco?. NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES, 45(7), 3517-3519 [10.1007/s10072-024-07531-7].

A depiction of poliomyelitis in a 17th -century Piedmontese fresco?

Varotto E.
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2024-01-01

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Introduction: A potential representation of poliomyelitis is investigated in an Italian artwork. Materials and Methods: A 17th century Piedmontese fresco is analyzed by combining historico-medical, palaeopathological and clinical approaches. Alternative diagnoses are considered. Results, Discussion and Conclusions: The man appearing in the fresco holding a crutch is characterized by an atrophic left leg reminiscent of poliomyelitic atrophic. Other congenital anomalies or cerebrovascular causes appear less likely. A reflection on the difficulty of retrospectively diagnosis poliomyelitis is offered.
2024
Settore MED/02 - Storia Della Medicina
Mazzarello P., Varotto E., Galassi F.M. (2024). A depiction of poliomyelitis in a 17th -century Piedmontese fresco?. NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES, 45(7), 3517-3519 [10.1007/s10072-024-07531-7].
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