Surgical anatomy for the treatment of ocular cancer by Antonio Scarpa (1752-1832)

Marilita M. Moschos


Antonio Scarpa (1752-1832) (Fig.1) was one of the most famous anatomists during the second half of 18th and the early 19th century, being a professor of anatomy at the Universities of Modena and Pavia. He is considered as the “Father of Italian ophthalmology”, because he wrote the first study for ocular diseases in Italian. His studies on ocular cancer did not offer only a detailed analysis of the disease but also a description of a unique surgical technique for its treatment based on the surgical and clinical anatomy of this disease.


Antonio Scarpa; ocular cancer; clinical anatomy; surgical anatomy

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