Ludovico Maria Barbieri (1662-1728), the unknown 17th century physician.

Kousoulis, AA; Armenis, I; Papandreou, C; Marinelis, A; Marineli, F; Tsoucalas, G; Androutsos, G; (2015) Ludovico Maria Barbieri (1662-1728), the unknown 17th century physician. Journal of medical biography. ISSN 0967-7720 DOI:

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During the 17th century, Ludovico Maria Barbieri from Imola, Italy, discussed the requirement of a gas, seemingly oxygen, for living beings to function. On 6 December 1680, he published his only known work 'Spiritus nitro-aerei operations in microcosmo' in which he reviewed the function of oxygen and the apparatus he used based on the use of experiments rather than just theory. The scarcity of information about his life and work has resulted usually in him being a neglected figure in Italy. In this manuscript we uncover the extant information about his life and reveal that he had been a restless spirit and a great example to the 17th century scientific method.

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Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 25697349
Web of Science ID: 387008900012


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