Malpighi Pathology Academy
Foundation for the Study of Surgical and Molecular Pathology and Cytopathology

Marcello Malpighi

(Crevalcore, 10 marzo 1628 - Roma, 29 novembre 1694)

Marcello Malpighi was an Italian doctor, who gave his name to several physiological features, like the Malpighian tubule system.

Although the microscope was invented early in the 17th century, it was not much used until Robert Hooke improved the instrument. Then Marcello Malpighi, Hooke, Nehemiah Grew and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek had a virtually untried tool in their hands as they began their investigations. Malpighi also used the microscope for his studies of the skin, kidneys, and liver. For example, after he dissected the body of a black man, Malpighi made some groundbreaking headway into the origin of black skin. He found that the black pigment was associated with a layer of mucus just beneath the skin.

He was the first to see capillaries in animals, and he discovered the link between arteries and veins. He may have been the first person to see this under a microscope. The microscope let Malpighi discover that the silk worm does not use lungs to breathe, but small holes in their skin called spiracles.

Pathology Courses

Updates in Gastrointestinal Pathology

Christina Arnold MD

Dora Lam-Himlin MD

Elizabeth Montgomery MD

Maryam Pezhouh MD

Meredith Pittman MD

Lysandra Voltaggio MD

Stabat Mater Lecture Hall

Bologna, May 25-26, 2020


Diagnostic Advances in Soft Tissue and Endocrine Pathology

Jason L. Hornick, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology - Harvard Medical School -Boston (USA)

Vania Nose, MD, PhD

Professor of Pathology - Harvard Medical School -Boston (USA)

Hotel La Palma

Capri, Naples ( Italy), October 5-6-7, 2020

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