Did Antonio Vallisneri (1661–1730) really describe frontal sinus osteoma? Unexpected insights for paleo-neuroparasitology

Francesco Galassi, Elena Varotto, Alberto Zanatta, Fabio Zampieri

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Abstract

It has been believed for a long time that the Paduan scholar Antonio Vallisneri (1661–1730) described the second historical case of the frontal sinus osteoma in 1733. By historico-medically reexamining this case, we conclude that the brain concretions he described were not a case of frontal sinus osteoma, while they appear to have been pathological outcomes of neurocysticercosis, whose larval stages would only be described by Johann Goeze (1731–1793) later, in 1784. Thus, this case becomes relevant for the history of neuroparasitology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1275-1277
Number of pages3
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume39
Issue number7
Early online date2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • Frontal sinus osteoma
  • History of medicine
  • Neurocysticercosis
  • Paleoneurology
  • Vallisneri

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